Work on new railway line digs up London history (Update)

Jewelry, pieces of ships, medieval ice skates, centuries-old skulls—some fascinating pieces of London’s history aren’t in museums, but underground.

More often than not, they stay there, but work on a new railway line under the British capital is bringing centuries of that buried history to light.

The 118-kilometer (73-mile) Crossrail line is Britain’s biggest construction project and the largest archaeological dig in London for decades. In the city’s busy business core, archaeologists have struck pay dirt, uncovering everything from a chunk of Roman road to dozens of 2,000-year-old horseshoes, some golden 16th-century bling—and the bones of long-dead Londoners.

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