London’s ancient past goes on show after rail tunnel digs

924341A new exhibition opened in London on Friday showing items ranging from 8,000-year-old basic flint tools to Roman coins and Victorian-era jam jars that were discovered during tunnelling for the city’s new Crossrail railway project. The exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands also features skeletons of victims of the Great Plague in 1665, whose teeth helped scientists to pinpoint the bacteria that caused the deadly disease by DNA testing. London’s new east-west Crossrail project has been under construction since 2012 but archaeological excavation works ahead of the tunnelling began in 2009. — Reuters