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British explorers have been found under London Railway Station nearly 200 years later



The excavation of a centuries-old cemetery beneath a London train station has led to an exciting discovery: a long-lost British explorer.

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The remains of Matthew Flinders, a The Royal Navy captain, who led the first expedition around the entire coast of Australia, was found under London's bustling Euston, according to the company, which is developing a major rail project in the region.

Archaeologists made the discovery earlier this month as they exhumed some 40,000 graves at St. James's Cemetery behind the station as they prepared to build the $ 70 billion HS2 high-speed railroad which will connect the British capital with Birmingham.

  PHOTO: A picture taken on 18 January 2019 and produced by HS2 showing a general overview of archaeological excavation and research at St. Jamess Gardens, Euston, London. James O. Jenkins / HS2 on AP [19659008] An image taken on 18 January 2019 and created by HS2 that provides a general view of archaeological excavation and research at St. James's Gardens in Euston, London , shows.

In July 1814, Flinders was buried in the sprawling cemetery after his death at the age of 40. His tomb, however, was lost in the mid-19th century, when the Euston station was converted into part of the burial ground. According to a press release of HS2 Ltd. On January 22, archaeologists were able to recognize his remains using the lead plate attached to his casket.

"Given the number of human remains at St. James, we were not confident that we would find him," said Helen Wass, head of the archaeological team at HS2, in a statement. "We were very fortunate that Captain Flinders had a lead shield made of lead that meant it had not been corroded, so we can now examine his skeleton to see if life at sea has left its mark and what are we talking about to be able to learn it. "

  PHOTO: A picture taken on 18 January 2019 and published by HS2. It shows the lead plate placed on the coffin of Captain Matthew Flinders in the archaeological excavation and research work at the St. Jamess Gardens in Euston, London. ] James O. Jenkins / HS2 via AP
An image taken on 18 January 2019 and produced by HS2 depicting the lead plate used in the coffin of Captain Matthew Flinders during archaeological excavations and research in St James's Gardens is located in Euston, London.

Flinders, accompanied by a crew and his beloved cat Trim, led the first circumnavigation of Australia in an epic journey that lasted from 1801 to 1803. The English seafarer and cartographer is called the landmass as a continent and give Australia its name.

An Australian Aboriginal named Bungaree, who was a member of Flinders, is considered the first Australian of his home continent, according to Australian Broadcaster ABC.


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