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About Prehistoric London

The history of London, like any other place on earth, can be traced back to the prehistoric days. Archaeologists have toiled day and night trying to discover Londonís history during the prehistoric times. However, despite intensive excavations, archaeologists have not found any substantial evidence of a prehistoric major settlement in the area we now know as London. There have been some scattered prehistoric finds, evidence of farming, burial and traces of habitation, but nothing more substantial.

Prehistoric London Timeline



Archaeologists believe that during this time, London was most likely a rural area with scattered settlement. Rich finds such as the Battersea Shield, found in the Thames near Chelsea, suggest that the area was important for these prehistoric dwellers but no city in the area of the present day City of London have been unearthed. According to Historia Regum Britanniae, by Geoffrey of Monmouth, London was founded by Brutus of Troy after he defeated the incumbent giants Gog and Magog and was known as Caer Troia - Latin for New Troy.

In 2002 a dig for the Channel 4 series Time Team unearthed a series of timbers driven vertically into the ground. This discovery was on the south bank of the Thames next to the SIS Building in Vauxhall. This strongly suggests the presence of a bridge or jetty around 3,000 years ago.

All excavations and discoveries point to a prehistoric settlement in the area we know as London today but it is considered unlikely that a pre-Roman city existed.

However, archaeologists have not lost all hope and as some of the Roman city still remains unexcavated; it is still possible that some settlement may be discovered which will throw more light on Londonís history dating back to the prehistoric times.



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