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Ah... a joyful image from a bygone age in Greenwich.

Small details stand out like the exposed services pipes and all. and the sledgehammer bottom right ( for those stubborn sherds )
enjoy


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won't be accepting any more criticisms about how straight my sections are anyway! Haven't managed a good overhang for years (can still do hangovers though, got a corker....) and surely they could have got that well a bit straighter?-or is that what the sledgehammer's for? Bet they all collapse just before the shutter clicks....
I'm just wondering how they ever managed to push those barrows up the ladder.
Is it point at the funny people from the olden days week? I have no idea what passed for H&S and best archaeological practice when that photo was taken etc etc...
Stockwell Street SE10 was the site of a V2 bomb which fell on Greenwich in early 1945......as with many London sites excavated as a result of redevelopment following WWII bomb damage, this was not professional archaeology as we know it today, but a combination of a small number of professionals (William Grimes notably, and later Peter Marsden and Brian Philp) aided by labourers, volunteers and local archaeology societies. Some very good work was achieved which can look risky compared to modern day techniques and practices. It should be remembered that quite often just setting foot on these sites was risky, due quite often to the presence of unexploded ordnance.....even as late as the 1980s we were still finding bombs and the like on sites in South London, especially close to the Thames and the docks.

In the picture it appears that the site level is well down into the London clay which as far as unsupported sections goes is probably as good as you will get. Most of the tube system is excavated through this stuff with little record of subsidence or collapse. Quite why they are so low is a bit of a mystery as I'm pretty sure at that date they weren't about sampling the Holocene.....but there you go
And a shout to Ivor Noel Hume- another of our predecessors in London. And he was self taught- not a qualification to his name when he started walking the foreshore in the 1940s. The records they all made after WII are incredible considering the conditions.

Almost forgotten are Audrey Williams (Grimes' assistant and later 2nd wife) and Audrey Baines- (who became Hume's wife, she studied under Wheeler at UCL)- both of whom contributed an unrecognised amount. Women have always had a central role in archaeology in the UK, despite the accepted view to the contrary. There's a PhD in there somewhere...
RedEarth Wrote:Is it point at the funny people from the olden days week? I have no idea what passed for H&S and best archaeological practice when that photo was taken etc etc...

I've worked with several people over the years who wore a flat cap under a hardhat (how is that done?) so clearly the guys in the photo weren't relying on them for H&S. It's a shame the photographer miseed off the owner of those buckets......
Not safety related but I think we should see more plus-fours on site.
if i wasnt so busy in the office you would
I wear plus fours in bed - beat THAT!
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