The dig at the dock – week 1

3 January 2007 by Karen

Note from Karen: introducing Rob Philpott, head of archaeology at National Museums Liverpool. He’ll be providing regular updates on progress at the dig which is about to begin at the waterfront.

computer generated image of a large marble building on the river edge

The forthcoming Museum of Liverpool viewed from the north.

Tomorrow archaeologists from NML’s Field Archaeology Unit are starting work on the site of the new Museum of Liverpool. The new museum will be built on the Liverpool waterfront on an area of land which was reclaimed from the estuary in the late 18th century to construct some of Liverpool’s vast sequence of docks. We will be working in advance of construction to ensure that the remains of the two docks affected by the scheme, Manchester Dock and Chester Basin, are fully recorded. As the top of the docks lie close to the surface, we will first be removing the tarmac surface to expose the dock walls and quaysides. These will be mapped and photographed and a detailed plan made.

There will be an update next week, plus details of finds as we uncover them.

Rob Philpott.

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