From Stone Age flints to Georgian clay pipes, Laura Maiklem has dredged up this bounty and more from the Thames in an incredible fifteen year career ‘mudlarking.’ A quixotic and enlightening volume, this record of the river, its contents and the people who abandon their possessions beneath the waves is an absolute joy.
A BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week
Mudlark (/`mAdla;k/) noun A person who scavenges for usable debris in the mud of a river or harbour
Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the Thames for over fifteen years, in pursuit of the objects that the river unearths: from Neolithic flints to Roman hair pins, medieval buckles to Tudor buttons, Georgian clay pipes to Victorian toys.
These objects tell her about London and its lost ways of life. Moving from the river’s tidal origins in the west of the city to the point where it meets the sea in the east, Mudlarking is a search for urban solitude and history on the River Thames, what Lara calls `the longest archaeological site in the world’.
ISBN: Hardback: 9781408889213
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publish Date: 2019
Page Count: 336