An excavation project in 2009 at the London Crossrail tunnel for the Elizabeth Line to open in 2018 had revealed 8,000 years of London history when archaeologists discovered what consists of human remains, porcelain ginger jar, and Mesolithic flint scraper among many others in the underground train tunnel. Now, 500 of the more than 10,000 discovered artifacts would be put on display at the Museum of London Docklands this Friday.
Lead Crossrail Archaeologist Jay Carver told the Daily Mail UK, "The construction of London's newest railway, underneath the streets of one of Europe's most historic and complex cities, has resulted in one of Britain's biggest archaeology programmes."
The exhibition named as the Tunnel: the Archaeology of Crossrail is open to everyone for a free price. Displays are good for the public up to September 3, where people will now have to wait for the 73 mile Elizabeth Line to open next year.
Among to be displayed are the Roman iron shoes, hippo-sandals, and a Roman medallion used during New Year celebrations in AD 245 found at Liverpool Street. Also, a chamber pot will be exhibited along with the artifacts. This chamber pot was kept in people's bedrooms so they could relieve themselves from going to the toilet at night.
About three skeletons out of the 42 discovered bones at London's train tunnels will also be showcased at the museum. The remains were found at the Bedlam burial ground and have been the decomposed bodies of those who died from the Plague in 1665.
Also, a wooden Tudor bowling ball dug from the Tudor King John's Court manor house in Stepney Green will be shown together with the British food production company Crosse and Blackwell's jam and marmalade jars made during the 1700's.
According to the press release of the Museum of London, these finds were discovered in locations as diverse as suburban Abbey Wood in the southeast, through Canary Wharf, across to Liverpool Street, Tottenham Court Road and ending at Westbourne Park and Acton.