Say what you like about the Crossrail development but it’s unearthing some London treasures. Yesterday, construction workers at Crossrail’s Liverpool Street Station site carefully removed 20 human skulls and Roman pottery found buried in River Walbrook’s historic river channel.
This isn’t the first time that Roman skulls have been found along the River Walbrook, which had led historians to suggest that they may belong to the decapitated victims of Queen Boudicca’s rebels, who were partial to a little cranium removal during the rebellion against the Roman occupation in 1st Century AD. However, archaeologists now believe that the River eroded a Roman Cemetery under Eldon Street and the skulls and bones have since been washed downstream.
The other 3,000 skeletons from the Bedlam burial will be excavated next year, which the Museum of London archaeology department will analyse to try find out more about the age, sex and diet of the historic Londoners. Ally Swadling
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