Uncovered: Archaeologists unearth remnants of a giant medieval watermill





It may look like just another hole in the ground, but this is no ordinary hole in the ground - it contains the remnants of one of the earliest watermills ever found.

The mill, which dates back to the 12th century, was discovered at Greenwich Wharf as developers prepared the way for a new building.

It has been preserved against centuries of damage by riverside peat deposits. Carpenters' or millwrights' assembly marks are clearly visible on the timbers.

This mill was likely to have been used for grinding corn and probably belonged to a nearby monastery that was part of an order from Ghent in Belgium.

Researchers will investigate whether monastery records can shed light on the workings of the mill.





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