Fifty Years of London’s Archaeology


Papers from the 50th Anniversary Conference of London Archaeologist

Edited by Victoria Ridgeway, Diana Briscoe, Jenny Hall and Becky Wallower, 2019.

ISBN 978-1999615550


This publication presents a collection of papers written to celebrate fifty years of London Archaeologist magazine, from 1968 to 2018. The anniversary year was marked in many ways, not least with a series of period overviews in five special issues of the magazine. The celebrations culminated in a one-day conference which aimed to review advances in knowledge and changes in archaeological practice through the fifty-year period.

The publication follows the format of the conference, which was arranged into four separate sessions, tackling the broad themes of  ‘Archaeology in London 1968–2018’, ‘People in Archaeology’, New Approaches, New Possibilities’ and ‘Interpretation and Presentation’. Representing a range of viewpoints, including those of present and former field archaeologists, museum staff, planning archaeologists, archivists and those engaged with volunteer workforces, the contributors are by turn impassioned, humorous and reflective, but all are exceptionally knowledgeable in their field.

The conference concluded with views on the future of London’s Archaeology from the heads of five of the main units currently operating in London. All five have kindly provided a grant to assist in the publication of this volume, which has otherwise been wholly funded by the London Archaeologist. The volume concludes with five period overviews, first published in London Archaeologist in 2018–19, which synthesise advances in knowledge of London’s archaeology during the prehistoric, Roman, Saxon, medieval and post-medieval periods.

The papers presented here offer broad and multi-facetted views of London’s archaeology throughout the latter part of the 20th and into the 21st century. It is to be hoped that this will provide a lasting legacy, both for the magazine and for all of those involved or interested in the archaeology of Greater London.

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