The next time you find yourself crossing the Thames, look down and you will find one of the most unusual and intriguing archaeological sites in the World. Regularly patrolled by “Mudlarks”, the wader-wearing treasure hunters of low tide, the entire history of Britain can be discovered in the mud. This London landmark has preserved many historical objects and treasures, ranging from woolly mammoth teeth, Roman lamps, lost bicycles and even 1980s mobile phones!
The River Thames is around 30 million years old and during much of that time would have been a meandering river surrounded by unspoilt woodland and wetlands. However the discovery of a tooth from the Megalodon shark from 1.5 million years ago, suggests a more wild past. This terrifying beast resembled a modern shark but was estimated to be 28m long! Thankfully Megalodon’s aren’t part of the marine life in the Thames anymore!