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Crossrail Dig Uncovers Bedlam Burial Site

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Crossrail Dig Uncovers Bedlam Burial Site
Skeletons on the site of Liverpool Street Crossrail station.
Skeletons on the site of Liverpool Street Crossrail station.
Layers of an old Roman road.
Layers of an old Roman road.
16th-century coin found at the Liverpool Street site.
16th-century coin found at the Liverpool Street site.
Roman horseshoes
Roman horseshoes
Archaeologist Danny Harrison finds a flint in Woolwich.
Archaeologist Danny Harrison finds a flint in Woolwich.
Map of the old Bethlehem Hospital, later 'Bedlam'.
Map of the old Bethlehem Hospital, later 'Bedlam'.

The latest discoveries from workers on the Crossrail project include the remains of the Bedlam asylum, and evidence of people living on the River Thames some 9,000 years ago.

Archaeologists have been poring over the human remains found near the Liverpool Street site, which was the location of a burial street beside Bedlam, the psychiatric hospital which was once on Bishopsgate. They're also fascinated by the discovery of a 16th-century gold coin, a rare object in an area that was extremely poor at the time, and the remains of a Roman road, which may have crossed the nearby River Walbrook, long since buried beneath the Square Mile's streets.

Meanwhile, out in Woolwich, a Mesolithic tool-making factory has been unearthed, with around 150 pieces of flint removed.

See also: 14th-century plague pit found during Crossrail dig

Last Updated 08 August 2013

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