27 Jul 2012
The area adjacent to the Victorian orangery excavated by MOLA and EAS, has now been made structurally safe and the floor excavated by MOLA.
An intact brick built under floor heating system has been unexpectedly revealed. The “drain” excavated by EAS in the main orangery was in fact part of this system.
03 Jul 2012
Some excavation and cleaning has continued ahead of a visit by the MOLA staff photographer.
There are already implications in the archaeological features revealed, for the design of the new cafe envisaged for this location within the scheduled ancient monument.
A meeting with English Heritage later in the week will determine how this part of the project is to proceed and what further archaeological evaluation may be necessary.
26 Jun 2012
Museum of London Archaeology monitoring associated with the Heritage Lottery funded works at Cedars park has moved on to the derelict Victorian orangery. Here, floor levels are being reduced to accommodate a new floor slab for this area which is to become the new cafe for the park.
Already, the digger has unearthed significant archaeology and Enfield Archaeological Society have been privileged to be assisting in excavating, defining and cleaning what has come to light within this part of the scheduled monument.
19 Jun 2012
Monday 28th May 2012 saw the beginning of a monitoring project by Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) at Cedars Park Cheshunt: The site of Theobalds Palace.
The work to be monitored was the machine stripping of an approach road linking Theobalds Lane with a new public car park on the west of the site. By the end of the day, word was circulating that the JCB had already uncovered brick built structures, pottery and animal bone.
The following day, further examination confirmed these and further features across the 10x45M site. It was soon apparent that the unexpected volume and complexity of archaeological features would fully occupy the two-man MOLA team and would likely require more than the allotted two weeks to properly excavate and record the site.