by Lara Maiklem
✅ Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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From the Age of Stone, flints for Georgian clay pipes, Laura Maiklem has dredged this goodness and more from the river Thames in an incredible fifteen year career ‘mudlarking.’ A quixotic and illuminating volume, the record of the river, its contents and the people who abandon their possessions beneath the waves is an absolute joy. BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week Mudlark (/`mAdla;k/) noun A person who is capture can be used for debris in the mud of a river or of a harbour Lara Maiklem has scoured the banks of the river Thames for more than fifteen years of activity, in the pursuit of the objects of the river unearths: from Neolithic flints to Roman, hair pins, medieval buckles for Tudor buttons, Georgian clay pipes, Victorian toys. These objects tell her to London and its lost ways of life. Moving from a river, tidal sources to the west of the city, to the point where it meets the sea in the east, Mudlarking is a research of loneliness of urban history and, along the River Thames, which Lara calls “the longest archaeological site in the world’.
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