All of the archaeological discoveries from Chambers Wharf, including these human remains, will be deposited at the Museum of London to preserve them for future Londoners. We will almost certainly never know exactly who the booted man was or how he died, but the clues from his body and boots are an invaluable insight into London's history. As Beth Richardson, Finds Specialist at MOLA Headland, has said:
“By studying the boots we’ve been able to gain a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of a man who lived as many as 500 years ago. They have helped us to better understand how he may have made his living in hazardous and difficult conditions, but also how he may have died. It has been a privilege to be able to study something so rare and so personal.”
The boots are a unique find for London
and interesting both because they are ‘high’ boots,
but also because they are a pair. Medieval footwear is more often found
individually rather than in pairs and the only other surviving pair from London is a pair
of lower, ankle boots – a far more common style. Those are currently on display in the Museum of London's Medieval Gallery. Many examples of the leather footwear worn
by medieval Londoners can be found in our Collections Online.