Since 2009, the Crossrail project in London has been the bane of many commuters, causing disruption around the city as engineers dig up the capital to lay the foundations for the massive underground rail line.
However, aside from the obvious benefits to transport links once it is completed, the creation of the line has also thrown up some fascinating discoveries dating back 8,000 years. The artefacts will finally be presented this month – over 500 of them in total.
The Museum of London Docklands will present the exhibition, entitled ‘Tunnel: The Archeology of Crossrail’, which will include everything from Mediaeval bones to Victorian chamber pots, and more recent items of a quirky nature, such as a tea cup used on the railways in the 1940s.
But perhaps the star of the exhibition is to be a medallion dating back to Roman times – the year 245. It is thought to have been a possession of Philip I and is one of only two examples from across Europe. The exhibition is free of charge and will run up to September 2017.
Jackie Keily, the creator of the exhibition, commented: “We’ve managed to take a slice down through London but also across London.”