London Construction Reveals Medieval Graves, Bronze Age Road | Gadling.com
London is built on layers of its own past. Occasionally they poke through to the present, like the old Roman walls and the Temple of Mithras. Now two current construction projects have revealed glimpses of the city's previous epochs.
|English: Relocated ruins of the Mithras temple in London (discovered in 1986). ; See article: London Mithraeum. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Another project creating a new tunnel for Crossrail at Plumstead has uncovered a much older transport system, the BBC reports. Archaeologists believe timbers they've discovered at the site are part of a 3,500-year-old Bronze Age trackway.
These wooden roads were used to ease travel across rough areas, especially wetlands. Similar trackways have been found in many locations in the UK and continental Europe. The odd thing about this one is that it runs along the same route as the new Crossrail route.
One great place to explore London's history is the Museum of London. TheBritish Museum has good galleries about prehistoric, Roman and Medieval England. The Crossrail Visitor Information Centre also has an archaeology exhibit until October 27 showing off some of their discoveries. The finds range from the prehistoric to the Industrial Revolution, although these latest finds are still being analyzed and will not be on display.