'Significant' finds at Crossrail site
|Excavations at Tottenham Court Road [Credit: Crossrail]|
The Bronze Age finds include two wooden stakes that have been cut by early London hunters with an axe, and which may have been used to build a timber pathway, and a hammer stone used as a tool. The discovery has been made during excavations at the Plumstead tunnel entrance in east London where two tunnel boring machines will begin constructing Crossrail’s Thames Tunnels early next year. Excavations of the site are continuing this week.
|An archaeologist unearths a Bronze Age wooden stake [Credit: Crossrail]|
Crossrail’s Lead Archaeologist Jay Carver said: “This is a very significant find and the first Bronze Age find on the Crossrail project. We know from other sites nearby that this area was probably crisscrossed by a network of pathways. As excavation works for the Plumstead tunnel portal got underway our archaeologists uncovered several wooden stakes and at least two that appear to have cut marks from a metal axe.
|A wooden stake [Credit: Crossrail]|
Crossrail will launch two tunnel boring machines from the Plumstead portal early next year and construct twin, 2.6 kilometre long tunnels under the River Thames. The tunnels will link Abbey Wood to central London and west to Heathrow and Maidenhead, reducing journey times from south east London by up to half.
The Bronze Age finds are currently being analysed by the Museum of London Archaeology and will not form part of the archaeology exhibition. The exhibition will run throughout October at the Crossrail Tottenham Court Road Visitor Information Centre at 16-18 St Giles High Street, WC2H 8LN.
Source: Crossrail [October 05, 2012]