The City of London Archaeological Society was founded in 1966 to encourage an active appreciation of archaeology, particularly within the City of London and its environs. COLAS is a Registered Charity (No. 277386), and is affiliated with the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS), and Rescue – The British Archaeological Trust.
Before becoming ‘COLAS’, we started life as the City of London Excavation Group (COLEG), directed by Peter Marsden and its members worked on sites such as the Billingsgate Roman House and Bath between 1967 and 1970. Members volunteered on some of the key sites in London during the 70’s and 80’s, including Trig Lane, the Roman Forum and Basilica at Leadenhall Market, and the Newgate Street site.
COLAS is active with monthly lectures and visits for its members, participates in local events and has initiated a new project to study the Causeways, Riverstairs and Ferry Terminals (CRaFT) of the tidal Thames. This exciting project brings together COLAS members and TDP volunteers to uncover, discover, or rediscover, the histories of the Thames landing places from Vauxhall to Greenwich.