The River Thames collection
The River Thames has been an important feature in the landscape of southern England for thousands of years.
The remains in this collection were recovered from the Thames, between Richmond in the west and Crossness in the east.
Recovered over the last 150 years and most probably date from the Neolithic and Bronze Age.
Origins of the collection
Dredging and excavation
The remains in this collection were recovered in the early nineteenth century through the middle of the twentieth century - primarily from dredging the river and excavating for building works.
Two major dredging projects occurred during this period, recovering the vast majority of the remains in this collection.
The late nineteenth century was a time of great engineering advancement, enabling the construction of the Blackwall Tunnel and other deep excavations along the banks of the river, and thus uncovering the rest of these remains.
Dating evidence suggests that some of these individuals could have lived during the Bronze Age and even the Neolithic.
Most of the remains were donated directly to the Museum in the late nineteenth century with the others first becoming part of the collections at the Royal College of Surgeons, then transferred to the Museum during the 1950s.
Individuals of note
PA SK 1506
PA SK 1518
PA SK 1530
PA SK 4092
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