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Crossrail’s lead archaeologist to host online Q&A session

By Juliet Whitcombe

Crossrail’s lead archaeologist to host online Q&A session

Crossrail’s lead archaeologist Jay Carver will host the project’s first online Twitter Q&A event (#BisontoBedlam) on Tuesday 9 October between 2pm and 9pm to answer questions on Crossrail’s archaeology programme.

The Twitter session is part of a larger programme to share key archaeological discoveries. An archaeology exhibition is taking place in October at Crossrail’s Tottenham Court Road Visitor Information Centre. The exhibition will showcase nearly 100 discoveries from Crossrail sites across London.

A series of 25 minute seminars will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 7pm. These will be led by Crossrail and contractors, Museum of London Archaeology and Oxford Archaeology in association with Ramboll. Places will be available on a first come, first served basis. The seminar topics are as follows:

Wednesday, 3 October

Crossrail's ambitious archaeology programme

Wednesday, 10 October

Uncovering Bedlam under Liverpool Street and London's greatest ironworks at Limmo Peninsula

Wednesday, 17 October

Discovering a Tudor manor house at Stepney Green

Wednesday, 24 October

Paddington's prehistoric animals and the coming of the railway

Things to see at the exhibition

Rare and priceless finds will be displayed including a skeleton from the St Bethlehem Hospital burial ground underneath Liverpool Street. The burial site was used between 1569 and the mid-18th Century for Bedlam’s patients and local residents.

Roman artefacts and remnants of Britain’s industrial heritage will also be on display.  Unique exhibits include medieval ceramic wig curlers, 17th Century gravestone markers and medieval skates made from animal bone.

One geological find, extremely rare 55 million-year-old amber, will also be on show along with a piece of mammoth jaw bone.

Exhibition attendees will also have the chance to win an exciting archaeology themed prize donated by Systra.

The exhibition will be held at the Crossrail Visitors Information Centre at Tottenham Court Road from 2 October to 27 October on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11am to 7pm and Saturdays from 10am to 5pm. Crossrail’s Tottenham Court Road Visitor Information Centre is located at 16-18 St Giles High Street, WC2H 8LN.

Follow us on Twitter for further details and announcements.  To find out more about Crossrail's archaeology programme visit: /archaeology