Rock bottom

…You may think this is what we have hit with our latest find, but it did cause a bit of amusement on site. (Yep, archaeologists are a strange bunch).

Is this a record breaking piece of flint?

No, we didn’t find Dave! We found this enormous piece of flint, dubbed ‘Megaflint‘. If you follow the MoLA Friday Finds on Facebook or Twitter then you may recognise it.

Megaflint was found in a late Roman wall foundation, which was filled with lots of nodules of flint – some large and some small but none others as big as this! The flint foundation was on top of a series of timber piles.

Timber piles

It is not unusual to find flint in the construction of Roman and Medieval walls, however the flint in this foundation was well sorted in size and shape. Jon Cotton, a specialist in all things prehistoric and stone, commented that the size and general freshness of this nodule suggests it came from a primary chalk source rather than from a secondary source such as a river bed. Chalk was presumably the prime resource being quarried (for a variety of reasons: building, agriculture etc) and the flint probably regarded as bonus freestone. It would have been shipped or carted into London. He also added this is a rather splendid example!

So perhaps the foreman of the Roman building site sent an order to his yard for stone, and the next day a cart load arrived, much like building contractors today.

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