Londinium’s garden of earthy delights
The development team at The Liberty of Southwark are working with MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) and LB Southwark on an archaeological dig, ahead of the construction of new buildings. We know from excavations nearby during the 1980s and in 2005 that the site contains fascinating evidence of Southwark’s Roman history, including a ‘Mansio’ — a Roman building where travellers on official business for the Roman Empire would have stopped to rest on long journeys across Roman Britain and beyond.
Archaeologists will be recording evidence from mid-June until the end of 2021. As part of our commitment to share this work as widely as possible, we’ll be working with a group of local residents to create digital updates about the discoveries on site. We want to link what we find to Southwark and London’s wider history, as well as to the lives of local residents and workers today. As the project progresses, you’ll be able to find these updates on the Journal section of this website.
Much of what we know about the site of The Liberty is from excavations that took place in 1988. The archaeological team discovered evidence of Roman occupation, including several substantial buildings. Image: London Archaeologist
the liberty site and surrounding area has been the site of many discoveries of historical significance.
LATEST UPDATE FROM THE DIG AT THE LIBERTY
First of its kind Roman mausoleum unearthed at London development site