View Full Version : Rescue archaeology in London's Crossrail project

04-28-2015, 04:16 PM
I apologize if there is a thread about this elsewhere -- just noticed it on a relative's Facebook site today, and it appears to be news:



04-29-2015, 06:49 PM
From the Guardian piece: " they have found tiny nails from the decayed wood of several coffins which spell out initials and dates."
Seriously good work, trowel-pushers. Not as bad as EBA dagger-handles and all those tiny gold pins, but under the usual contract-archaeology conditions of (I assume) harassment, danger and filth/plague-pit residue, very conscientious.
And that 'clumsy', six-seven-inch needle from the Mail one? Down by the River? I'd like to think "packing-needle", for sewing up sacks and the like on the wharves. Maybe sails, ropes ..?