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Crossrail archaeological project set to unearth 3,000 skeletons

The archaeological excavation of the eastern entrance of Liverpool Street Crossrail station, which begins in March, will see around 3,000 skeletons unearthed at the site.

The research project behind the upcoming excavation has revealed the names and backgrounds of more than 5,000 people buried in Bedlam burial ground at Liverpool Street, London.

In June last year, Crossrail invited 16 volunteers to scour parish records from across the capital to create the first extensive list of people buried at Bedlam in the 16th and 17th centuries.

The resulting database, published today, is available here.

The upcoming dig is also expected to uncover medieval and Roman artefacts and help piece together centuries of history. After excavation, the skeletons will be reburied on consecrated ground.

To date Crossrail has found more than 10,000 artefacts spanning 55M years of London’s history across over 40 construction sites. It is the UK’s largest archaeology project, programmed in advance to allow delivery of the new east west railway on time and within budget. 

Jay Carver, lead archaeologist at Crossrail, said: “This research is a window into one of the most turbulent periods of London’s past. These people lived through civil wars, the Restoration, Shakespeare’s plays, the birth of modern industry, plague and the Great Fire.

“It is a real privilege to be able to use Europe’s largest construction project to uncover more knowledge about this fascinating period of history.”

The archaeological excavations at Liverpool Street are being undertaken by the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) on behalf of Crossrail.

Liverpool Street is one of 10 new Crossrail stations being built in central and south east London. The TfL-run Crossrail service is scheduled to be fully open in 2019.

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