Thursday, October 3, 2013

Crossrail crossbones

Actually it's just the skulls and not the crossbones which have come tumbling out of a Crossrail tunnel being excavated near Liverpool Street in London. Blackened Roman skulls - 20 of them – discovered in clumps. If they do find the long bones, it will be somewhat of a disappointment because a Roman cemetery was known to exist upriver on the long-vanished Walbrook. Without that evidence, the skulls lend support to the idea that they belonged to the beheaded victims of Boudicca, warrior queen of the Celtic Iceni tribe, slung without ceremony into the river during her 61 A.D. rebellion. That would be what lead archaeologist Jay Carver calls "an unexpected and fascinating discovery that reveals another piece in the jigsaw of London's history."

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