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London: Roman Skulls Found At Crossrail Site
Around 20 Roman skulls have been discovered during tunneling work for London's Crossrail project.
The remains were found in the sediment of the ancient River Walbrook, below the Bedlam asylum burial ground.
Construction workers at the Liverpool Street site removed the skulls under the guidance of archaeologists, who were unable to get access because of safety restrictions.
The remains were discovered clustered together 20ft (6m) underground. Some Roman pottery was also found.
The skulls were first thought to be heads decapitated by Queen Boudicca's troops during the rebellion against Roman occupation.
But experts now believe the skulls may have been from a nearby Roman cemetery that was eroded by the Walbrook, which now runs completely underground.
Lead archaeologist Jay Carver called the latest find an "unexpected and fascinating discovery".
"We now think the skulls are possibly from a known Roman burial ground about 50 metres (55 yards) up river from our Liverpool Street station work site," he said.
"Their location in the Roman layer indicates they were possibly washed down river during the Roman period."
Workers at the Crossrail dig - Europe's biggest construction project - have previously found scores of remains in the same area.
Around 3,000 skeletons discovered at the Bedlam burial site are due to be removed next year.
The Museum of London Archaeology has said it will analyse the most recent finds to find out more about the age, sex and diet of the people who died.