Museum of London Archaeology Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) was originally the archaeological unit of the Museum of London (and known as Museum of London Archaeology Service or MoLAS), but in 2011 became an independent charity that can be contracted to do archaeological work, although it still maintains a partnership with the Museum of London. MOLA has been responsible for the great bulk of archaeological excavations and discoveries in Greater London in all periods. For the middle ages, its excavations proved that Middle Saxon London (called Lundenwic) was situated several miles west of the walled Roman town of Londinium; when Viking attacks worsened in the late ninth century, the Late Saxons moved back to the shelter of the Roman walls into a settlement called Lundenburgh, the site of the Roman (and later medieval) city of London. MOLA publications cover many aspects of the medieval London landscape (buildings, streets, waterways), people (skeletal remains of humans and the animals they raised for food), and material life through finds of pottery, coins, household goods, devotional objects, building materials, pollen, and many other objects.
The Museum of London The Museum of London, located in the Barbican near the old city walls, opened in 1976 to display the history of London residents, particularly through objects discovered in archaeological excavations. The Medieval London gallery covers the period from the departure of the Romans in 410 through the early Tudor age. The Collections/Advanced Search allows you to search the thousands of artefacts in the collection by date, keyword, place, and people, including pictures of over 1000 rings, over 900 lamps, from the middle ages.
The London Archaeologist The London Archaeologist is a magazine published four times a year that contains short articles about recent research, excavations, finds, book reviews, and news and events. The table of contents for issues in the last five years are listed on the magazine’s website, while indices and back issues (except for the last two years) are available through the Archaeology Data Service.
The London and Middlesex Archaeological Society The London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS) sponsors lectures, conferences, and publications about the antiquities of London, Westminster, and the metropolitan county of Middlesex. Its publications include the Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (pdfs of most of its volumes from 1860 to 2010 are available on its website), Specialist Supplements to the Transactions, and Special Papers, a monograph series, both of which are often available as downloadable pdfs.