Monday, February 1, 2016

This Is 40,000 Years of London’s History—Made Entirely of Paper

40,000 years of London's history - all animated through paper. Fascinating. Great way of teaching history to students. This entire animated video was made out of paper and it was all inspired by the thousands of important archaeological artifacts discovered under the capital during work on the new Crossrail line...

Thousands of artifacts have been unearthed as a result of the construction of the new Crossrail transportation system in London. These paper animations will take you on a journey through the city's history—from the Stone Age to the present day.

Before construction can begin on the new Crossrail station, archaeologists must excavate the 16th-century cemetery that's beneath it. More than 3,300 skeletons, many of whom died from the plague, were exhumed from the old Bedlam cemetery. By taking DNA samples from a plague victim's tooth, scientists are able to study the plague pathogen that caused the death of more than 75,000 people in London and compare it with other samples to see how the disease has evolved over time.

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