Crossrail’s archaeology programme has completed half of its journey with many more interesting finds yet to be uncovered. Digs will continue at all of the central London stations sites into 2014. The next stop is Farringdon.
Trial digs at this site have already confirmed that medieval leather working seems to have taken place next to an ancient river channel. Was this associated with the nearby Charterhouse Carthusian Priory? We will find out soon.
Major investigations in Liverpool Street will reveal the less salubrious parts of Roman London outside of the City walls. The team expect to encounter Roman timber framed buildings and a street surface some six metres below ground level. The ‘lost’ Walbrook River may also be found. This was a canalised channel that divided the western and eastern parts of the city.
Parts of the river have been excavated before and it provides exceptional conditions for good preservation of wood and other natural materials, so exciting finds are expected. The Bedlam burial ground excavation will also continue as archaeologists carefully remove and safely rebury the remaining skeletons from the site. This will be the largest excavation on the project and will take place between 2013 and 2014.
At the eastern end of the Crossrail route, archaeologists will also work at four large tunnel portal sites at Pudding Mill Lane, Victoria Dock, North Woolwich, and Plumstead. Here it is expected that the team will encounter areas where Bronze Age people lived, farmed and hunted some 3,500 years ago. The team will search for several hundred miles of timber track ways that were built by prehistoric communities to access the rich natural resources of the east London marshlands.
We look forward to sharing further exciting discoveries with you at future exhibitions and on our website where our archaeology team will share inspiring accounts of their latest finds.