Lara Maiklem | 'We’ll be the plastic age: the throwaway society'

Lara Maiklem | 'We’ll be the plastic age: the throwaway society'

A Roman roof tile. Pieces of medieval ceramic in a gorgeous mottled green, including the rim of a cooking pot. Three types of Roman pottery, another shard that may well be Saxon, and one that looks very like 17th-century Delftware. A marble. Early handmade pins and nails. Metal aglets from a long-departed doublet and hose. Clay pipe heads from the Georgian era.

All these things I hold in my hands during my two hours down by the Thames at low tide with mudlark extraordinaire Lara Maiklem. Her first book, Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames, draws on her 15 years of fossicking on ...

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