Remains of 19th-Century Explorer Matthew Flinders Found in London

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Published on January 25, 2019 - Duration: 01:07s

Remains of 19th-Century Explorer Matthew Flinders Found in London

Archaeologists working at a construction site at London’s Euston railway station have uncovered the remains of the 19th-century explorer Capt Matthew Flinders, according to a statement on January 25.

The discovery was made on the grounds of St James’s Gardens during construction works for the High Speed Two, or HS2, railway project.

The gardens were originally a burial ground, dating to the 1780s.

Flinders was a captain of the Royal Navy and led the first expedition to circumnavigate Australia.

Flinders is also credited with popularizing the name of Australia.

The announcement of the discovery came a day ahead of Australia Day, on January 26.

“HS2 archaeologists were able to identify his remains by the lead depositum plate (breast plate) placed on top of his coffin,” a statement from the High Speed Two company said.

“The discovery of his burial site among 40,000 other human remains in the burial ground so early in the archaeological dig has thrilled archaeologists working on the project.

He was buried at St James’s burial ground on 23rd July 1814.” Flinders’s remains will be “reinterred with the buried population of St James’s Gardens at a location to be announced,” High Speed Two said.

Credit: High Speed Two via Storyful

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