In the few years since early digging began, Crossrail engineers have uncovered, amongst other things, “lunatic” skeletons, a Victorian shipyard and WW2 bombs. And that’s before they even bore into the fecund areas around Smithfield Market and the northern fringes of the City, where many more sites are expected to be discovered.
With what is being billed as the UK’s largest archaeological dig now at its halfway point, over 100 of the artefacts turfed out of the London soil will be displayed at a West End gallery this Saturday. Amongst them will be skeletal remnants from the Bethlehem Hospital’s burial ground, medieval ceramic wig curlers and 55 million year old amber fragments taken from the Canary Wharf site. Members of the Museum of London and Oxford Archaeology will also give talks explaining the significance of the discoveries.
Bison to Bedlam – Crossrail’s Archaeology Story So Far is at the Music Room, Grays Antiques, 26 South Molton Street, W1K 5LF on Saturday 7 July from 10am to 5pm. Nearest station Bond Street. Entry is free.