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Archaeological finds around
the olympic park site include
a 19th century boat used
for hunting fowl on the
lower river Lea.
part of the oDa’s engagement with “It ties in with the whole ethos of
local community groups. the london 2012 games,” adds Wright.
“The excitement of a story comes “It’s about knowledge and inspiration and
into its own when information is being giving everyone the opportunity to learn
teased out of the ground, but it doesn’t and celebrate london’s past. More than
stop there,” says Nixon. “a range of 1,000 residents of the five host boroughs have
interactive community projects and already seen the artefacts from the olympic
museum initiatives are enabling people Park and learned about the history of their
in the area to get involved in a very area through a programme of events.”
hands-on way in excavations and archaeology as an element of the
research and educational activities on planning and preparation process could
the archived material. easily be seen as a barrier by developers.
“a lot of value can come out of But projects such as london 2012 demon-
archaeology because it is intrinsically strate how archaeologists can manage the
educational, multidisciplinary and about work effectively and turn what might be
people,” she explains. a negative into long-lasting positives.
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a flint axe more than 4,000 years
old was uncovered during the
extensive archaeological investigations
conducted at the olympic Park.
1858 ad 1860 ad 1876 ad 1904 ad
The northern outfall
Plastic is invented in the
Dry cleaning is introduced
William yardley cosmetics,
sewer is constructed to the UK
lea Valley soap and lavender factory
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