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9,000 year old Londoners

Archaeologists working on the Crossrail project have uncovered evidence of people living in southeast London nine thousand years ago.

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Evidence for 9,000 year old Londoners found

An archaeologist unearths a flint tool Credit: Crossrail

Archaeologists working on the Crossrail building site in North Woolwich say they have uncovered evidence of people living on the Thames Estuary some 9,000 years ago.

They unearthed a Mesolithic tool making factory at the tunneling site, and unearthed 150 flint tools.

Lead Archaeologist Jay Carver said: "This is a unique and exciting find that reveals evidence of humans returning to England and in particular the Thames Valley after a long hiatus during the Ice Age."

"It is one of a handful of archaeology sites uncovered that confirms humans lived in the Thames Valley at this time."

"The concentration of flint pieces shows that this was an exceptionally important location for sourcing materials to make tools that were used by early Londoners who lived and hunted on Thames Estuary islands."

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