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During the construction of London’s massive “super sewer,” archaeologists discovered something unusual in the mud: a 500-year-old skeleton of a man still wearing his thigh-high leather boots.
The Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) announced this week that the skeleton was unearthed on the shores of the Thames, near a bend in the river downstream from the Tower of London.
“By studying the boots, we’ve been able to gain a fascinating glimpse into the daily life of a man who lived as many as 500 years ago,” said Beth Richardson, a finds specialist who analyzes artifacts at MOLA Headland, a consortium of archaeologists. “They have helped us to better understand how he may have made his living in hazardous and difficult conditions, but also how he may have died. It has been a privilege to be able to study something so rare and so personal.” [See Photos of the Skeleton Wearing Boots]
The boots are also an indication that the man’s burial wasn’t an intentional one; leather boots at the time were quite expensive and likely would have been recycled, not buried with the dead. The skeleton was found facedown with his arms splayed over his head, another hint that his body was quickly covered with mud after death.
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