Archaeological Work Begins Beside Euston Station Through Digging HS2 Burial Site

For beginning the HS2 construction to make the way the archaeological work has to remove 45,000 skeletons from the burial site. Around 61,000 funeral took place in the meantime of 1788 and 1853 at the gardens of St James where is currently Euston station is located in London.

For creating a new terminus station the memorial service and protests were held before the closing of the site. According to HS2 the digging in Camden would “add to our understanding of how this city transformed”.The burial ground is considered one among the 60 archaeological sites along the route between Birmingham and London.

HS2 assured that they were discussing with the Church of England to fix a site where the skeleton can be reburied. According to the Helen Wass, the Head of the heritage, the dif would “better our understanding of life and death in London’s 18th  and 19th centuries, shedding light on health and disease, social status and also lifestyle”.

The burial site was unlocked in 1788 as an additional burial ground for the St James’s Church in Piccadilly. This archaeological work has been stated by HS2 as the largest in Britain till the date in which more than 1,000 people taking part.

The chief executive of the project Mark Thurston said HS2 was “committed to sharing as much of our cultural heritage as possible”. The site has been closed as per the Burial Acts of the 1850s in which all burials has been prohibited within the city limits.

by Haimantee Ghosh on October 26, 2018

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