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Sites in this group:

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Addington Tumuli Round Barrow(s)
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Bushy Park Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Caesar's Camp (Heathrow) Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork (Destroyed)
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Caesar's Camp (Keston) Hillfort
17 posts
6 sites
Central London
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Croham Hurst Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Diana's Dyke Dyke
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Farthing Downs Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Hayes Common Earthworks Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Mayfield Farm Enclosure Enclosure
11 posts
Morden Park Mound Round Barrow(s)
4 sites
Richmond Park
9 posts
Shrewsbury Tumulus Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Warbank Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
6 posts
The Weald Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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3 sites
Wimbledon Common
8 posts
Winn's Common Mound Round Barrow(s)
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Chislehurst Caves Cave / Rock Shelter
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Hare Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Keston Common Earthworks Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
12 posts
Kingston Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Tooting Bec Common Stone Standing Stone / Menhir


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What Lies Beneath? Archaeology in Action @ Museum of London

You never know - there may even be summat prehistoric!

Ever wonder what lies beneath your feet? On 16 July the Museum of London opened Archaeology in Action... continues...
goffik Posted by goffik
21st July 2010ce

Timber structure older than Stonehenge found

"Archaeologists have unexpectedly uncovered London's oldest timber structure, which predates Stonehenge by about 500 years."

More here -
Littlestone Posted by Littlestone
21st August 2009ce

Prehistoric axe and skeletons found at Olympic site in UK's largest archaeological dig

A 4,000-year-old flint axe, four prehistoric skeletons and a 19th century boat have been unearthed at the Olympic Park.

Preparations for the London 2012 Olympics have seen over 140 trenches dug on the 1... continues...
Pilgrim Posted by Pilgrim
11th March 2009ce
Edited 12th March 2009ce

Making History: Antiquaries in Britain, 1707–2007

This exhibition at the Royal Academy explores the work and achievement of the Fellowship of the Society of Antiquaries of London since its foundation in the early eighteenth century to the present day... continues...
Mr Hamhead Posted by Mr Hamhead
26th September 2007ce
Edited 26th September 2007ce

Archaeology at Terminal 5

Heathrow reveals historic legacy continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
18th July 2003ce


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London’s Iron Age Forts & Fortifications

Loughton I/A fort
Ambresbury Bank I/A fort
Wimbledon I/A fort
Grim's Ditch
St.Ann's Hill I/A fort
Uphall Camp I/A fort
Caesar's Camp Keston I/A fort
moss Posted by moss
11th May 2016ce


London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre.

Search online for details of excavations in the city. The area / map search might be useful, or there's the 'What? When?' search where you can narrow it down to everything 'Neolithic' for example.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
21st July 2006ce

The Guardian

Chapter one of Peter Ackroyd's 'London: the biography' - which is full of information about prehistoric London, including a bit of etymology of its hills and rivers, with plenty of interesting things to chase up.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
23rd November 2005ce

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Caesar's Camp (Keston) (Hillfort) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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25th March 2018ce

Farthing Downs (Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork) — Images

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13th February 2018ce

Henry VIII Mound (Round Barrow(s)) — Folklore

In the grounds of the Lodge, which command a fine view of the Thames, St George's Hills and Kingston Vale, is a mound, marked as the King's Standinge on the oldest extant map of the Park, dated 1637, the year of its first enclosure. This quaint name, the real meaning of which cannot be determined, is supposed to have reference to the legend that Henry VIII. stood upon the mound to watch for the going up of the rocket which was to announce to him that the head of Anne Boleyn had fallen, and, in deference to this tradition, care was taken when Sidmouth Wood was planted not to intercept the view from the mound, by leaving a clear space, through which the dome of St. Paul's can be seen on exceptionally clear days, between two rows of trees that some years hence will form a fine avenue. Unfortunately, however, there is really no more historic foundation for the romantic story connected with the King's Standinge-- Henry having been far away from Richmond on the day of the unfortunate queen's death -- than for the even more improbable supposition that Oliver's Mount takes its name from Oliver Cromwell having witnessed from it a battle between the Royal and Parliamentary forces, no struggle having taken place that could possibly have been seen from Richmond Park.
From 'The Royal Manor of Richmond, with Petersham, Ham and Kew' by Mrs A G Bell (1907).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
28th November 2016ce

London Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — News

London Stone to go on show in museum

An ancient and obscured piece of limestone has long guarded Cannon Street. It's called simply London Stone (never 'the' London Stone). It might be a Roman milestone or druidic monument. Nobody knows. Very few people ever notice the venerable rock, which has long languished in a woefully unworthy niche opposite the station.
From this Friday, the mysterious artefact will finally get some attention when it goes on show as part of the the Museum of London's War, Plague & Fire gallery.
London Stone was once much larger and more prominently positioned. The monument is mentioned in Shakespeare, and was first referenced in the 12th century. It is undoubtedly much older, and has been incorporated in the foundation myths of our city.
Display at the museum will finally bring London Stone back into public awareness after its long slumber. It will remain at the museum while work is carried out to rebuild its existing home.
The stone is shifting to the museum for temporary display, while its existing home is knocked down and rebuilt.
See London Stone at the Museum of London from Friday 13 May 2016. Entrance is free.
tjj Posted by tjj
10th May 2016ce

Developer plans to move London Stone out of WH Smith and onto public plinth

In legend, it formed part of London’s foundations and was the resting place of King Arthur’s sword Excalibur.

But for years the London Stone has lain in a case behind a pavement-level grille in the Cannon Street WH Smith.

Now, the Grade II listed lump of oolitic limestone is set to be restored as a centrepiece of the Square Mile.

It ended up in the Sixties block housing WH Smith after its former berth, St Swithin’s Church, was bombed in the Blitz.

Under plans to turn the block into an eight-storey office tower, developer Applegarth has revealed plans to give the stone pride of place on a plinth.

An application to the City of London Corporation says: “The plinth and the London Stone would be reinstated at the height they were in St Swithin’s Church prior to its destruction in the Second World War. This would make it more prominent to public viewing than is currently the case.”

Giles Clapp, clerk of the Worshipful Company of Masons, which helps protect the history of the City of London, said: “We support giving the stone the prominence it deserves. It is very important in the telling of the London story.”

The relic — also known as the Stone of Brutus after the legendary Roman founder of the capital — is mentioned in historical documents as early as 1100.

It was written about by Shakespeare and Dickens and has become the subject of countless myths, including claims it was the stone from which Arthur drew Excalibur.

The 17th-century poet William Blake believed the site of the relic was a druidic sacrificial stone circle, while another theory holds it was the symbolic point from which all distances in Roman Britain were measured.

An application by developers Minerva to move the stone into the foyer of nearby offices sparked a row with heritage groups in 2012. The latest plan has been broadly welcomed, with Historic England raising no objections.

The CLC has called the new proposal “an appropriate development”. Its ruling, after a meeting tonight, could have wider repercussions for the City. An ancient warning comes with the block, which says: “So long as the Stone of Brutus is safe, so long will London flourish.”
juamei Posted by juamei
11th March 2016ce

Caesar's Camp (Wimbledon) (Hillfort) — Images

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3rd January 2016ce

Winn's Common Mound (Round Barrow(s)) — Fieldnotes

Was listening to Alan Moore's album Unearthing (basically a bio of his friend Steve Moore - No relation) which mentions much about his time living near Shooters Hill and the history of the surrounding area. Noticed the link posted is now defunct, but came across a great blog entry about a search for further info about the missing six tumuli aptly called ' Barrow Quest.
Posted by Monganaut
21st March 2014ce

Caesar's Camp (Keston) (Hillfort) — Folklore

Caesar's Well, the chief source of the Ravensbourne, is situated near the entrance gates to Holwood Park. Mr Hone's interesting "Table Book," written in the year 1828, contains an account of a visit paid, in company with his friend W--, to the source of the Ravensbourne. At the time of that visit it would appear that the spring was known locally as the "Bath." In the time of Mr Pitt's residence at Holwood it was much used as a bath, and its waters were supposed to be possessed of valuable medicinal properties. Hasted's plan of the camp at Holwood (pub. in 1778) shows the well or bath, and twelve trees are represented as growing close round its margin, and there are appearances of steps leading down to the water.

[..] The name Ravensbourne is commonly supposed to take its origin from the following tradition. When the Roman soldiers were encamped at Holwood there was great need of water. A raven was seen to frequent a certain spot near the camp, and upon close examination a small spring was discovered among the bushes. Upon digging out the place a copious spring was found, and from the accident which led to that discovery it is supposed the stream took its name.
Definitely some confusion - a raven would definitely help the native Britons, not the Romans! And of course the camp is not Roman at all, though that's surely what I believed when I went paddling about in this spring as a kid. Only parts of the camp's ramparts remain. There is a gap on the western side near the spring: the record on Pastscape seems to imply this was the main entrance.

From Antiquarian Jottings relating to Bromley, Hayes, Keston and West Wickham, in Kent, by George Clinch (1889).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
14th December 2013ce

London Stone (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Links

Vintry and Dowgates Ward Club

Interesting article on the facts vs speculation and folklore surrounding the London Stone, by John Clark, formerly Senior Curator (Medieval) at the Museum of London.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
3rd April 2013ce
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