Monday, 9 March 2009

'Prehistoric axe and skeletons found at 2012 site...'

'A 4,000-year-old flint axe, four prehistoric skeletons and a 19th century boat have been unearthed at the Olympic Park.

Preparations for the London 2012 Olympics have seen over 140 trenches dug on the 1.5 sq-mile site in Stratford, east London, turning it into Britain's largest archaeological dig, according to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA).

Archaeologists have unearthed finds from throughout Britain's history. The four skeletons were buried in graves around an area of Iron Age settlement, and remains from a Bronze Age hut have also been unearthed.

A Roman coin from AD 330-335 was discovered, alongside four Second World War gun emplacements and helmets. They formed part of London’s Inner Artillery Zone.

The most complete find was a 19th century boat used for hunting wild fowl on the lower River Lea. It may previously been used as a water taxi.'


1 comment:

Autumnforest said...

It's a good thing they have professionals onsite when they dig there, Great Britain holds a lot of our history as well since a great deal of us Yankees left the shores of England and Ireland.