During excavations for Crossrail, the new rail service across London set to open in 2018, archaeologists are discovering amazing secrets of London’s past.

The project is one of the most extensive archaeological investigations ever undertaken in the UK and is a unique opportunity to reveal what lurks beneath London’s streets.

The discovery of a rare piece of Amber estimated to be 55 million years old is one of many exceptional discoveries that have already been uncovered under the streets of London.

The Liverpool Street site of the new Crossrail station is particularly interesting. The new ticket hall will sit directly above a burial ground for London’s most infamous psychiatric hospital, ‘Bedlam’.  Specialist archaeologists have identified around 300 burials.

Other Exciting discoveries include pottery fragments, clay pipes, animal bone artefacts, knife handles and some unidentified implements.

The Crossrail archaeology team aren’t keeping these wonderful finds to themselves. All significant artefacts will be given to both the Museum of London and the National History Museum.

In conjunction with this school visits and hands on educational activities have been integrated on site at Stepney Green dig.

For details on both of these events please see the web links below:

http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/

http://www.crossrail.co.uk/sustainability/archaeology/archaeological-dig-opened-up-in-stepney-green

Crossrail in numbers:

118 kilometres of railway stretching from Maidenhead to Abbey Wood.

30 construction sites

Eight new stations being built

28 existing stations are being upgraded

42km of tunnels are being developed

40 worksites of archaeological investigation