A gruesome discovery at Liverpool Street Station is coming to light as archaeologists begin excavating skeletons from a Bedlam burial ground.
Work on the new Crossrail uncovered the remains of more than 5,000 people, including plague victims, a former Lord Mayor of London and a murder victim, in a graveyard underneath the commuter hub, which served the City of London and surrounding areas for more than 150 years.
Now, 60 archaeologists have started working almost round the clock to uncover the site which researchers believe could be one of the most valuable ever uncovered in the capital.
The cemetery was in service throughout the 16th and 17th centuries at a time in London’s history which saw the start of the British Empire, civil wars, the Restoration, Shakespeare, the Great Fire of London and, of course, the plague.
It’s hoped that tests on the more than 300-year-old skeletons will help archaeologists understand the evolution of the plague bacteria strain.
Researchers also hope to learn about the migration patterns, diet, lifestyle and demography of those who were living in London at the time.
City workers and history buffs who fancy a peek at the site can visit the viewing gallery on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 1pm and 2pm.