Archaeologists invite public to see walls, floors, buckles and spoons at medieval manor

By Ben Miller | 17 July 2014

Headstone Manor will host a public open day as archaeologists continue to search for a medieval gatehouse at the London site

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A medieval moated manor, described by experts as a “fantastic, eccentric" British building, has revealed foundation walls, flint and peg tiles from floor surfaces, a rose farthing from the time of Charles I in the 17th century and a series of late medieval copper alloy belt buckles during a month-long community dig.

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Headstone Manor, which was owned by the Archbishops of Canterbury before the English Reformation, has also turned up a bone spoon at a site where the Museum of London Archaeology team hopes to find a medieval gatehouse.

“We chose Headstone for our 2014 Excavate London project because it offered us a very rare opportunity to work on a site with both standing buildings and an existing local museum,” says Kath Creed, of the Museum of London, discussing the Harrow grounds.

“Although a lot of work has been done into the buildings themselves, very little archaeology had happened.

“There are strong historical records which tell us about buildings which are no longer there.”

Visitors will be invited to see the finds on Sunday, when a day of family-friendly activities will include skeletons, hands-on activities and highlights from the museum’s medieval collection.

A special Festival of Archaeology evening, Archaeology by Twilight, will be hosted by the museum tonight.


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