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'Bedlam' Graveyard Excavation

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Archaeologists could pull thousands of skeletons out of the ground in London over the next few weeks as they dig up the 450-year-old Bedlam graveyard to make room for a new train line.

London's Liverpool Street station is under construction so that it will be able accommodate a new east-west train line, dubbed Crossrail. The tracks will be laid deep underground, about 130 feet (40 meters) below the city's current street surface.

And to get down there, excavators have to slice though a rich archaeological layer cake that includes a Roman road, a medieval marsh and the abundant graves of the Bedlam cemetery. [See Photos of the Bedlam Graveyard Excavation]

"Construction for Crossrail is providing rare and exciting opportunities for archaeologists to excavate and study areas of London that would ordinarily be inaccessible," Nick Elsden, project manager with the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA), said in a statement. "There are up to 6 meters (19.6 feet) of archaeology on site, in what is one of the oldest areas of the city, so we stand to learn a great deal."

Read more here: http://www.livescience.com/50104-archaeologists-excavate-bedlam-graveyard.html?cmpid=514630_20150311_41867826&adbid=10152615463611761&adbpl=fb&adbpr=30478646760

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