Digging up London's history

March 9th 2017

Excavations for London’s Crossrail Project have unearthed huge numbers of objects spanning 8,000 years of human history since digging began in 2009. Many are on display at a major exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands (E14 4AL until 3rd September).

The archeological finds reveal the stories of Londoners ranging from Mesolithic tool makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665. They 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 exhibition also tells the engineering story of the largest infrastructure project currently underway in Europe.