20 Roman Skulls Found By London Scientists

Archaeologists working with London’s Crossrail project have uncovered 20 skulls believed to be from the Roman period according to BBC News.

The report continues on to say that in the last year, archaeologists in London have also found about 10,000 Roman items at a nearby site.

According to the Huffington Post, the skulls were found below the Bedlam burial ground established in the 16th century, where 3,000 skeletons will be carefully removed during major archaeological excavations next year.

The report continues on to say that the locations of the skulls indicates they were washed out of the burial ground by a river during the Roman times.

Lead archaeologist Jay Carver said: “This is an unexpected and fascinating discovery that reveals another piece in the jigsaw of London’s history.

“This isn’t the first time that skulls have been found in the bed of the River Walbrook and many early historians suggested these people were killed during the Boudicca rebellion against the Romans.

“We now think the skulls are possibly from a known Roman burial ground about 50 metres up river from our Liverpool Street station work site. Their location in the Roman layer indicates they were possibly washed down river during the Roman period.”

BBC News stated that the Walbrook river, which was paved over in the 15th century, once divided the western and eastern parts of London.

“Its moist muddy walls providing exceptionally good conditions for artifacts to be preserved.”

Nicholas Elsden from the Museum of London Archaeology stated that even though they haven’t been forensically dated, he believes the skulls and other artifacts are likely from the 3rd to 4th Centuries AD.

“What we’re looking at here is how the Romans viewed their dead. You wouldn’t imagine modern burial grounds being allowed to wash out into a river,” Elsden told BBC News.

What do you think about this archeological find? The 20 Roman skulls and other artifacts found have scientists very excited.

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