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The 13 skeletons found near London’s Farringdon station probably died waiting for a train to Brighton, archaeologists have confirmed.

The bodies were discovered by workers during excavation work for London’s £14.8bn Crossrail project and are thought to have died in the 14th century, when public transport was even worse than it is now.

“Whether they just gave up on waiting for a delayed train service to the coast – or died simply at the prospect of getting on another overcrowded, expensive, commuter train we shall never know,” said Dr. Hans Schlechten-Zug of the Museum of London Archaeology.

“If these skeletons are anything to go by, then there could be the bodies of thousands more depressed commuters underneath London.”

“It really gives us an insight into how medieval people dealt with poor public transport – namely by lying down in a giant pit and dying. It’s a lesson modern commuters may well want to remember.”

 

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