Museum of London

The Museum of London begins with an interactive display showing how London and the world changed between 450,000 BC and 50 AD. The first case in the archaeology section shows lithics from sites such as Swanscombe; the handaxes and other tools were all orientated in one way.

The displays of these famous museums are aimed at the general public and do not contain too much detailed information for Archaeologists. However the Museum of London provides very good displays for the casual visitor and useful information shown in an interesting and modern way.

Nearby there is another interactive display showing how lithics are made. There is a video of some knapping and this is accompanied with some flint/lithics that people can feel. This hands-on display starts with a nodule of flint, followed by a real handaxe, then a modern handaxe and finally a tortoise core.

There are a number of reconstructions on display, including an object from Channel Four’s Time Team presenter Phil Harding. These add to the overall interest and present visitors with a view of what the complete artefact could have looked like (including wooden hafts and leather bindings) not just the stone tool.

Some displays at the Museum of London are informally arranged showing how the lithics were found or how they were used. There are also formal displays which show what the tools are. It appears that all the objects in the museum are displayed based upon their date.

 

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