The Thames River, which flows through London, England, is known for "mudlarking". During the 18th and 19th Centuries people would scavenge for anything they could find to help them with their survival. Today, people scour the riverbanks for artifacts. They can find items such as ancient coins, GLASS, and jewelry. It has been said that because the thick mud in the Thames River has a low oxygen content, it slows the rate of decay and preserves objects that would normally rot away. One famous "mudlarker", Steve Brooker, often contributes historically important objects to the Museum of London.
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