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Archaeologists to dig up 3,000 skeletons from ancient burial ground

A team of 60 researchers will work in shifts 6 days a week over the next month at the Bedlam burial ground to dig up the ancient skeletons.

No fewer than 3,000 skeletons will be dig up by archaeologists from the Bedlam burial ground, London in preparation for its transformation to a new train station.

MSN reports that a team of 60 researchers from the Museum of London's archaeology unit, will work in shifts 6 days a week over the next month at the Bedlam burial ground to remove the ancient skeletons, which will eventually be re-buried at a cemetery near London.

The excavation is being done to give room for a new ticket hall for Crossrail's Liverpool Street station.

Speaking on the project, Crossrail which is building a new east-west train line in London, said in a statement that the bones would be tested to "shed light on migration patterns, diet, lifestyle and demography" of Londoners at the time.

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The Bedlam ground was used between 1569 and 1738 (a period that spanned Shakespeare's plays, the Great Fire of London and numerous plague outbreaks) by Londoners who could not afford a church burial or who chose to be buried there for religious or political reasons.

Crossrail is one of Europe's biggest construction projects and the company said that more than 10,000 artefacts have been uncovered so far in multiple excavations at some 40 sites.

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