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Work On New Railway Line Digs Up London History

By Jill Lawless

In this Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 photo, a gold mezzo-zecchino coin minted in Venice around 1501-1521, during the elected reign of Doge Leonardo Leordano, that was discovered during the building of the new hi-speed rail line, is shown to the media in London. Jewelry, pieces of ships, medieval ice skates, centuries-old skulls _ some incredible pieces of London's history aren't in museums, they're underground. More often than not, they stay there, but work on a new railway line under the British capital is bringing centuries of that buried history to light. The 118-kilometer (73-mile) Crossrail line is Britain's biggest construction project and the largest archaeological dig in London for decades. In the city's busy business core, archaeologists have struck pay dirt, uncovering everything from a chunk of Roman road to dozens of 2,000-year-old horseshoes, some golden 17th-century bling _ and the bones of long-dead Londoners. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)


LONDON (AP) – Jewelry, pieces of ships, medieval ice skates, centuries-old skulls – some fascinating pieces of London’s history aren’t in museums, but underground.

More often than not, they stay there, but work on a new railway line under the British capital is bringing centuries of that buried history to light.

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