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Medieval Artefact Discovered by the Museum of London

A rare medieval roof finial has been found in London’s River Thames by the Museum of London during a survey.

The object, which dates from the late 12th Century or 13th Century, is in the shape of an animal and may have embellished a tiled roof.

Roy Stephenson, head of archaeological collections and archive, said: “This find is relatively rare in the collections of the Museum of London.

“It gives a fascinating insight into the lost roofscape of medieval London, which we know relatively little about.”

He added: “Some of the more common place roofs would have been thatched. But here we have evidence of a decorated tiled roof, possibly from a prestigious private building.”

The Museum of London is a partner in the Thames Discovery Programme (TDP), and will be providing project support over the next three years.

The TDP are running a regular programme of FREE events and training days for anyone interested in the Thames Discovery Programme. Events are free, and suitable for anyone over the age of 18.

More detailed information about the team, the archaeology and the project can be found on their Thames Discovery Programme website:

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