Excavations for Crossrail at London almshouse Charterhouse which uncovered a Black Death burial ground will be opened to the general public later this month.
A total of 13 skeletons were uncovered in March 2013 on the edge of Charterhouse Square in Farringdon during the work for Crossrail and are believed to be up to 660 years old.
The Charterhouse is working in partnership with Crossrail, its contractor BFK, the Museum of London and the London Borough of Islington to host a community dig during the Festival of Archaeology, which runs from 18 to 25 July with an opportunity to take part. The archaeology excavations will be open to public viewing on 24 and 25 July.
Crossrail lead archaeologist Jay Carver said: “The community dig is an opportunity for local people to get involved in the history of their local area.
“The results suggest further burials extend across Charterhouse Square and a possible building structure in the middle of the square. It is a really exciting prospect that the community dig may be able to confirm the geophysics results and potentially locate the building structure and confirm the edge of the burial ground.”
The Charterhouse site is only the second Black Death burial ground discovered in London and the layer of bodies found at the bottom of the excavation site are estimated to have been buried between 1348 and 1349.