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razyn
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:

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/apr/26/cremated-human-bones-in-pot-found-in-crossrail-dig-suggest-gruesome-ritual

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3057153/Have-remains-Boudicca-s-rebels-uncovered-London-s-Crossrail-project-Excavations-uncover-ritual-burial-human-bones-2-000-years-ago.html

glentane
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 ..?