From the archaeological site found under the new Bloomberg Place under construction in London’s financial district: a very cool amulet of a gladiator helmet made out of amber.
An entire preserved Roman section of the city has been unearthed and now archaeologists are snatching up thousands of artefacts. Here are some details from a BBC News article:
“Museum of London archaeologists (MOLA), who led the excavation of the site, say it contains the largest collection of small finds ever recovered on a single site in London, covering a period from the AD 40s to the early 5th Century.”
“At 40ft (12m), the site is believed to be one of the deepest archaeological digs in London, and the team have removed 3,500 tonnes of soil in six months”
So awesome. What’s even cooler is that this must mean huge headaches for those who are trying to get this complex built on time. However, instead it seems that Michael Bloomberg has taken a more historically-friendly route:
“the temple and finds from the excavation will become part of a public exhibition within Bloomberg’s headquarters.”
A neat part of the article was how the museum was approaching this rescue archaeology:
“The artefacts are to be transported back to the Museum of London to be freeze-dried and preserved by record, as the site will eventually become the entrance to the Waterloo and City line at Bank station.”
Freeze dried? How cool is that?