45,000 Dead People Rehoused to Make Room for HS2

By Gary Cutlack on at

Archaeologists are starting a grim job on the future site of the expanded HS2 terminal at London Euston station, as before any flash new buildings go up some dirty olden days work needs to be done. Project bosses anticipate that around 45,000 skeletons from a historical burial site must be removed, as you can't leave them there and end up with a haunted terminus.

The dead need relocating from St James's Gardens, which was in use as a burial site until the 1850s. HS2 is working with the Church of England to work out a new resting place for the displaced remains, and is also claiming that it's a chance to explore the city's "cultural heritage" by exposing the way people used to live and, inevitably, die and get piled up in holes.

Any key discoveries – like the hoped-for unearthing of historically important figures interred there – will be captured by the BBC, which is trailing HS2's archaeology people for a future TV series. [BBC]