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Algarve Archaeological Association talk - Tuesday 12th March 2019

The Thames Discovery Programme'The Thames Discovery Programme'

On Tuesday 12th March, the Algarve Archaeological Association (AAA) will be presenting two lectures, in English, by Will Rathouse. The first lecture will be at 2.30pm at the Museu do Traje in São Bras, the second lecture will be at 6pm at the Convento de São José in Lagoa.

Running through the heart of London is a mighty river: The Thames. It has played a central role in the history of the city, and when the tide is low, the capital's longest archaeological site is revealed. As the tides of the Thames reveal evidence of the past, this talk reveals the work of the river's foreshore. This project was initiated over ten years ago by the noted archaeologists Gustav Milne, Nathalie Cohen and Eliott Wragg. They had noted that the river was Thames Discovery Foreshore groupcontinually revealing and washing away archaeological features, some of which were going unrecorded.
Funding for a sufficiently large dedicated team of professional monitoring archaeologists was (and still is) unlikely to be forthcoming. They therefore decided to involve interested members of the public who were trained and organised into the Foreshore Recording and Observation Group, FROG for short. In this talk Will Rathouse will explain how they have operated and what they have found. William Rathouse is a community engagement archaeologist for MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) working on the Thames Discovery Programme and other community projects. His responsibilities include outreach to over 75s and bringing in new groups to benefit from the project, including people with mental health problems and forces veterens.
Previously, Will was a support officer for Mind Aberystwyth and led archaeology projects to promote mental health. His PhD research investigated contestation of prehistoric monuments and ancient human remains by contemporary Pagan groups in the UK.

Non-members are welcome to attend AAA lectures for a 5 euro admission fee, with all money raised by the AAA is spent on archaeological grants and speakers.

For more information contact algarvearchass@gmail.com, visit arquealgarve.weebly.com or Facebook 'Algarve Archaeological Association'.
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