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Roman skulls discovered at Liverpool Street

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Working on busy construction sites requires a close working relationship between archaeologists and building contractors. At the Liverpool Street site, for health and safety reasons, only trained miners could enter one of the tunnels which had to be hand-excavated by them.

The McNicholas miners worked closely with archaeologists so that the archaeology in the tunnel could be recorded. The miners took photographs every metre along the tunnel, so that archaeologists could see what they were finding and record it. The miners also recovered a number of human skulls and a complete cremation urn with its contents. The latter was caught by miner Keith Hancock when the urn fell from the ceiling of the tunnel.

McNicholas miner Keith Hancock holds a complete cremation urn uncovered at Liverpool Street_110192
McNicholas miner Keith Hancock holds a complete cremation urn uncovered at Liverpool Street_110197
McNicholas miner holds a complete cremation urn uncovered at Liverpool Street_102043
Roman cremation urn uncovered at Liverpool Street station_102074
Roman skull found at Liverpool Street ticket hall _102065
Roman skull found at Liverpool Street ticket hall _101978
Roman cremation urn made at Brockley Hill_124266