Mudlark: In Search of London's Past Along the River Thames

Mudlark: In Search of London's Past Along the River Thames

Long heralded as a city treasure herself, expert “mudlarker” Lara Maiklem is uniquely trained in the art of seeking. Tirelessly trekking across miles of the Thames’ muddy shores, where others only see the detritus of city life, Maiklem unearths evidence of England’s captivating, if sometimes murky, history—with some objects dating back to 43 AD, when London was but an...

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Title:Mudlark: In Search of London's Past Along the River Thames
Author:Lara Maiklem
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  • Richard
    Review of whole book: Began 8th July 2019.Finished 5th August 2019.What a joy; a pure delight. This is a book of surprising value and lasting worth.So wonderfully crafted and written, it covers the range of this peculiar pastime along the Thames from West to East. That is from Tidal Head to Estuary....
  • Story❤
    This book is a social history lover's delight, filled with fascinating stories and objects. Lara Maiklem is a wonderful writer who really made me feel as though I was there beside her, rooting through the mud for buried treasure. This is a book to savour, to dip into a chapter at a time, letting you...
  • Lou
    In terms of archaeological digs or even just searching for random items the Thames is probably a very neglected area due to its inaccessibility, but the items mudlark Lara Maiklem has uncovered within the muddy deposits are nothing less than fascinating and the tales they tell even more so. A mudlar...
  • Glen
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.A woman goes along the shores of the River Thames, and finds artifacts. This is a collection of essays of what she finds and her thoughts while finding them, and a little history as well. It's all very interesting, and very British.I really enjoyed this one, es...
  • Carolyn
    "I have seen the Mississippi. That is muddy water. I have seen the Saint Lawrence. That is crystal water. But the Thames is liquid history. John Burns, Liberal MP 1892– 1918"I am fascinated by anything archeological, but mainly how ordinary people lived as opposed to royalty, so mudlarking has ...
  • Rebecca
    (3.75) When I was a kid I wanted to be an archaeologist. I kept a collection of curiosities like bones, feathers, interesting rocks and shells, and ceramic fragments I found in my best friend’s backyard. I still have a natural history collection with this kind of stuff. Although I realized arch...
  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    Mudlarking is the act of searching or scavenging in the river mud at low tide seeking items of value. Modern mudlarks forage in the mud in search of items from history - regardless of value - and it's amazing what they find. I saw the River Thames in person for the first time in 2012 but it's always...
  • K.J. Charles
    A delightful, evocative read about fossicking for the past on the banks of the Thames. Loads of atmosphere, of the river now and the past, lots of tactile details. A very satisfying book to get lost in....

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