The Making of the Lower Lea Valley Archaeological and cultural heritage investigations on the site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
By Andrew B. Powell
ISBN 978-1-874350-59-0 Available summer 2012
The results from the investigations were varied in terms of their complexity, date and importance. They revealed the residues of everyday lives from early prehistory to the 21st century, environmental evidence for the repeated transformation of the valley landscape, and built structures relating to infrastructure developments and the area’s industrial heritage. Important amongst the archaeological remains was the evidence for Neolithic riverside activity and Bronze Age and Iron Age settlement and farming. Also of significance was a waterlogged boat abandoned in a river channel next to a 19th century mill, and the complex post-medieval and Victorian archaeology at Temple Mills.