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Discover objects spanning 8,000 years of human history unearthed by Crossrail.
The most complete range of archaeological objects unearthed by Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, is on display alongside the story of this great feat of engineering in a major exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands, E14 4AL.
The construction of London’s newest railway, which will be known as the Elizabeth line when services begin in 2018, has given archaeologists a unique chance to explore some of the city’s most historically important sites. Since work began in 2009, the project has undertaken one of the most extensive archaeological programmes ever in the UK, with over 10,000 artefacts shining a light on almost every important period of the Capital’s history. Read more about the archaeology behind the exhibition from the curator, Jackie Keily.
The wide variety of items on display explores 8,000 years of human history, revealing the stories of Londoners ranging from Mesolithic tool makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665.
These finds were discovered in locations as diverse as suburban Abbey Wood in the south east, through Canary Wharf, across to Liverpool Street, Tottenham Court Road and ending in Westbourne Park and Acton. The finds sit against a backdrop telling the engineering story of the largest infrastructure project currently underway in Europe, with key facts and figures presented throughout.
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“The Crossrail project has given archaeologists a rare opportunity to study previously inaccessible areas of London. This exhibition brings together some of our oldest and oddest finds, and help us bring the stories of 8,000 years of London’s hidden history to light.”Jay Carver, Crossrail Lead Archaeologist
“From east to west, the Crossrail project has dug through layers of London’s rich history, unearthing a wealth of fascinating stories and objects. The exhibition takes us on a journey from prehistoric forests and marshes to the marvels of 21st century engineering. It includes objects illustrating the human history of London, from Mesolithic times over 8000 years ago, to the 20th century. Crossrail has enabled us to discover new and exciting stories of London which are the centrepiece of this exhibition.”Jackie Keily, Curator of archaeological collections at the Museum of London