9th December 2016:
Since Elizabeth line construction began in 2009, more than 200 archaeologists have unearthed over 10,000 objects from 40 locations, spanning 55 million years. The archaeology and heritage of London discovered by the Crossrail programme are explored in the latest books published by Oxford Archaeology and MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology).
The volumes join two others – that examine a Tudor moated manor house in Stepney Green and the great London shipbuilders – already published. The final three books in the series, unveiling the discoveries made during the excavation of Roman and 17th-century burial grounds at Liverpool Street, and the buried prehistoric landscapes of east London, will be published in spring 2017.
The five new books investigate historic buildings and the changing face of London, the railway heritage of the Crossrail route, the origins and development of west London, the food manufacturer Crosse & Blackwell, and Charterhouse Square, the site of a Black Death cemetery, Carthusian monastery, and meat market.
Jay Carver, Crossrail Lead Archaeologist, said:
"The construction of the Elizabeth line, east to west through London, has given us a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore some of the capital's most historically significant areas. This series of ten books takes us on a journey from prehistoric forests and marshes to the marvels of 21st-century engineering, shining a light on the life of people who have lived in this area for thousands of years."
A wide range of artefacts and fossils unearthed by Crossrail will go on display in a major new exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands from February to September 2017. Visitors will be taken on a site-based journey, following the map of the new Elizabeth line, revealing the stories of Londoners ranging from Mesolithic tool makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665.
The books are supplemented by Crossrail's fieldwork reports – extensive technical papers that provide a much greater level of detail and further information on the excavations and their findings. All the fieldwork reports are available on Crossrail's Learning Legacy website.