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Archaeological bridge advice sought


I would like to clarify the story you covered on the Vauxhall timber 'bridge' (NCE 23 September).

It is quite wrong to suggest that museum of London archaeologists are appealing for funds to excavate and reconstruct the remains. No discussions on the future of the remains have even been held with the relevant statutory bodies, so statements to this effect are premature.

What is not in doubt, however, is the size and importance of the Bronze Age structure itself (I suspect that we will never know whether it was a bridge or a jetty , as river dredging has removed the evidence). Our main concern at present is to canvass informed views as to its method of construction and structural viability. We have been assuming that it was pile driven and would have been topped with timber decking, but we remain unclear as to how this would have worked in engineering terms.

Advice, not cash, is what we need. Can any of your readers help us?

Jonathan Cotton, Curator (Prehistory), Department of Early London History & Collections, Museum of London, London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

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