500 year old skeleton

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A team of archeologists found a very unique piece of clothing in the Thames River in London. According to CNN, in Bermondsey, London the team was working on a new “super sewer” which is “a £4.2 billion ($5.4 billion) tunnel that will capture, store and transfer raw sewage and rainwater that currently overflows into the river.” Archeologists found a human skeleton dating back about 500 years ago. His body was found face down in the mud wearing thigh-high leather boots that were still in good condition. Once found, the curiosity of the team caused them to investigate the death of the man.


During the time period the man lived, leather was very expensive and was not something a person would’ve been buried in. This caused them to believe that he died suddenly. Company notes that were dated back to the 15th and early 16th century showed that the Thames were a very dangerous place. One of the archaeologists believed he might have been, “a fisherman, a mudlark or perhaps a sailor.” According to the company, he had deep grooves in his teeth most likely caused “by a repetitive action, like passing rope between his teeth as a fisherman might.” His boots had extra soles and were stuffed with moss to help him in the tough terrain.


Beth Richardson, Finds Specialist at MOLA Headland said, “By studying the boots we’ve been able to gain a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of a man who lived as many as 500 years ago. They have helped us to better understand how he may have made his living in hazardous and difficult conditions, but also how he may have died. It has been a privilege to be able to study something so rare and so personal.”

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