On 9 January members enjoyed a journey through eight thousand years of history as Marit Leenstra, from the London Museum of Archaeology, described the discoveries that had been made during the excavations carried out for Crossrail. These showed that the earliest East Londoners had been both energetic and ingenious. Evidence showed they had constructed wooden walkways across marshy ground and had busy factories making flint implements. The Roman occupation was another busy period and produced a wealth of horseshoes. After a time gap in which no items from the Saxon, Viking or Medieval periods were discovered, excavations at Stepney moved on to the Tudor period with the remains of a fine manor house. Over the next three centuries the areas excavated showed increasingly intense occupation by industry, including the site of the London Iron works.