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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Crossrail Archaeology Exhibition

The Crossrail archaeology programme has now reached its half-way point with several valuable discoveries going on display in Westminster.

Rare and priceless finds giving a glimpse of London life through the ages will be shown on Saturday (7) from 10am to 5pm at the Music Room at Grays Antiques, South Molton Lane.

The programme began in 2009 with archaeologists beginning their investigations at Tottenham Court Road, where they excavated the former Crosse and Blackwell factory site.

Since then, they have uncovered finds dating from prehistoric times to the industrial revolution, including Roman artefacts, medieval ceramic wig curlers and more.

Jay Carver, Crossrail's lead archaeologist, said: "Over the past few years we have worked in a range of challenging and constrained sites including busy London streets and abandoned wharves along the Thames.

"This exhibition consists of a selection of our oldest, rarest and most peculiar finds. It will show visitors how life has changed in the capital as well as helping people to understand how archaeologists plan and execute digs."

Eastbourne Terrace at Paddington will be one of the next sites to be studied later this year.

All items uncovered will be donated to the Museum of London or to the Natural History Museum.

Source Westminster Chroncicle


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