Work on new railway line digs up London history
In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 photo, bones and and artefacts are uncovered by archaeologists digs on a site near London's Liverpool Street railway and tube station during the building of the new hi-speed rail line, during a media visit in London. Commuters scuttling past London's Liverpool Street rail and subway station this week were unaware that just feet away, archaeologists were gently unearthing the centuries-old bones of some previous Londoners. Jewelry, pieces of ships, medieval ice skates, centuries-old skulls _ some incredible pieces of London's history aren't in museums, they're underground. More often than not, they stay there, but work on a new railway line under the British capital is bringing centuries of that buried history to light. The 118-kilometer (73-mile) Crossrail line is Britain's biggest construction project and the largest archaeological dig in London for decades. In the city's busy business core, archaeologists have struck pay dirt, uncovering everything from a chunk of Roman road to dozens of 2,000-year-old horseshoes, some golden 17th-century bling _ and the bones of long-dead Londoners. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Posted: Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:00 am
Thursday, August 8, 2013 12:00 am.