While tunneling for the 13-mile underground section of Britain’s 73-mile, $23 billion Crossrail commuter line, crews uncovered about 2,000 years-worth of historical artifacts, according to a report from our sister site, Equipment World.
The crews found the artifacts about 16 to 20 feet below ground.
“This site is a rare, perhaps unprecedented opportunity,” Nick Elsden, a Museum of London archaeologist, told the AP. “This is a major roadway outside one of London’s busiest railway stations. You don’t get to dig that up normally.”
Among the discoveries are:
a chunk of Roman road
dozens of 2,000-year-old horseshoes
68,000-year-old bones of reindeer, bison and mammoths
the remains of a Tudor manor house
medieval ice skates
an 800-year-old piece of ship
the foundations of an 18th-century shipyard
flint from a 9,000-year-old tool-making factory beside the Thames River
The remains of 20,000 people were also unearthed, along with the remains of victims of the Black Death, the plague that wiped out half of London’s population in 1348.