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Roman finds headline new Crossrail archaeology exhibition

Skulls dating from the Roman period are among more than 50 archaeological finds on display at a new Crossrail exhibition that opens today.

Crossrail’s free Portals to the Past exhibition is open until 15 March at the Crossrail visitor information centre and the display includes a Roman cremation pot and 16th Century jewellery.

“The past year has delivered some exceptional finds across central London,” said Crossrail lead archaeologist Jay Carver. “We have encountered early Londoners through the discovery of a suspected 14th Century Black Death burial ground and a highly unusual group of Roman skulls buried deep within one of London’s lost rivers. We have tracked down evidence for a rare Mesolithic hunting group in the Thames Marshes and made further investigation at the site of London’s greatest Victorian shipbuilding yard.

“One of the things that is so unusual for an archaeology exhibition like this is that the finds are so diverse, from pretty much every important period of London’s history.”

The exhibition will also include lectures on Wednesday evenings.

The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 11am at the visitors centre in St Giles High Street, London.

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