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[Perspectives] Hipposandals, plague pits, and chamberpots

London’s latest railway, Crossrail, which has been under construction since 2009, is set to open to passengers in 2018. This technologically challenging project required 42 km of new tunnels, ten new stations, and the upgrading of 30 existing stations, with massive surface disruption for Londoners. Largely unseen, though, is the archaeology accompanying the excavations. These excavations have yielded tens of thousands of historical artifacts, recovered by more than 200 archaeologists working on the project in close collaboration with the construction teams.

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