The Thames Discovery Programme (TDP) is a community archaeology project recording the fast-eroding archaeology of the Thames; at low tide the Thames foreshore is the longest archaeological site in London.
To date the project has recorded over 1000 features in the dynamic and fast changing intertidal zone of Greater London, including Mesolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age features, prehistoric deposits, Anglo-Saxon fish traps, the remains of Medieval and Tudor jetties, re-used ship timbers, river defences, stairs, causeways, crane bases, bargebeds, drains and vessels, along with finds from all periods.
We organise centrally run fieldwork weeks throughout the summer, while the volunteers also comprise the Foreshore Recording and Observation Groups (FROGs) who take ‘ownership’ of sites and monitor them regularly for newly emerging archaeological features and deposits throughout the year.
In order to join TDP you first have to undertake one of our four day training and familiarisation courses comprising lectures, guided walks and fieldwork. Each course costs £100 (£50 concessions) but all fieldwork thereafter is free.