Roman Horseshoes (c) Crossrail

Hundreds of archaeological discoveries made available online in new Crossrail website

MOLA team
05.05.2017

We are delighted to announce that a huge array of archaeological discoveries, unearthed by MOLA archaeologists during Crossrail excavations, will now be available to view by the wider public thanks to a new immersive website.

A new virtual version of the exhibition Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail at the Museum of London Docklands gives people the chance to explore the huge array of artefacts discovered during construction of the Elizabeth line. The website has been created using a series of 360-degree panoramic images from the exhibition to allow members of the public who may not be able to visit the exhibition in person to experience these important discoveries.

Over the last few years, the construction of London’s newest railway has allowed MOLA archaeologists to explore some of the capital’s most historically significant sites, discovering fascinating artefacts along the way such as a Tudor wooden bowling ball and an 8,000 year old flint scraper tool.

Jay Carver, Crossrail Lead Archaeologist, said: “The Crossrail project has given archaeologists a unique opportunity to look at important areas of London that have been tantalisingly out of reach for centuries. This fantastic immersive website uses the best of the photo and video content captured during the excavations to let people explore over 8,000 years of the capital’s hidden history.”

The online exhibition takes visitors on a journey along the route of the new railway, with photographs and footage captured during archaeological excavations revealing the stories of Londoners ranging from Mesolithic tool makers and inhabitants of Roman Londinium, to those affected by the Great Plague of 1665. This innovative tool will now allow people from all over the UK, and the world, to discover the fascinating history of London and the importance of archaeology in understanding the stories of the past.

Explore the discoveries of the Elizabeth Line online at archaeology.crossrail.co.uk

Many of the artefacts unearthed by Crossrail are now on display at the Museum of London Docklands, entitled Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail - open until 3 September 2017.

For further information contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email pressoffice@crossrail.co.uk

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