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    The July/August 2012 issue of Archaeology Magazine has an article by Nadia Durrani entitled “London 2012 Archaeology and the Olympics.”  Some of the article discusses the recent history of this area of east London and the techniques used to reveal the soggy historical remnants.  There is a good little map of the area, a timeline, and brief descriptions of some of the 10,000+ finds.  Pictured is a neolithic ax dating from between 3000 and 4000 BC with a description that will take you back to the first couple of Scotcasts.  Another is a description of Bronze Age and Iron Age living (and burial) that Jamie has also told us about.  Not surprisingly, artifacts from more recent times were also pictured:  A 19th centure speed boat, an area of industrial waste (some as far back as the 12th century, but others into the 19th century), and finally, antiaircraft batteries and munitions storerooms from WWII.  The article does not mention if there is to be a special museum for these finds at the Olympic site. 

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