Digging up the past

26 07 2009

One thing that the London 2012 Olympics, Crossrail and the New East London Line all have in common, apart from the fact that they are new and hugely expensive construction projects happening in the city, is that construction has involved a lot of digging and the digging has unearthed some interesting archaeological finds…

crossrail

Crossrail workers discovered some bones near Farringdon for which work had to be halted while the bones were tested for bubonic plague!

olympic boat

There have been a wealth of interesting finds of things the ancient residents of East London left behind at the Olympic site. The Olympic site was opened this weekend, for visitors to have a look at what’s going on. There are some pictures on the Londonist Blog, and Dave Hill also has a post and a video.

olympic stadium

And an exhibition of things found during the extension of the East London Line, organised by the Museum of London is currently touring London.

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Another politically sensitive element of the past which is going to be reinstated is the routemaster… Bendy buses are going to be consigned to history. Dave Hill and the Londonist among many others seem to be very excited about London bus changes. Apart from a casual dislike of bendy buses as a cyclist, and a boyhood love of sitting on the front of the top of a double decker bus, I can’t see what all the fuss is about… its the politics of kenism vs. borisism thats really motivating all this busophilia.

Kenism - ugly and pragmatic?

Kenism - ugly and pragmatic?

Borisism - old fashioned style over substance?

Borisism - old fashioned style over substance?

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