London Dig Uncovers Roman-era Skulls

An archaeologist digs out a possibly Roman skull from the site of the graveyard of the Bethlehem, or Bedlam, hospital next to Liverpool Street Station in the City of London. The dig is on the site of the future ticket hall for the Crossrail station at Liverpool Street.

and may possiblyjust possiblybe victims of the famed Queen Boudicca ‘s troops, decapitated during her uprising against Roman rule in 61 A.D. The intriguing find was made some 20 feet below Liverpool Street as workers bored through ancient river sediments from the long-vanished Walbrook River, once a tributary of the Thames. The skulls and pottery shards found with them may have collected in a bend of the old river, having washed down from a nearby burial ground. The Roman skulls and pottery are just the latest in a staggering number of archaeology marvels that have been uncovered by the $23 billion (14.8 billion) subterranean Crossrail engineering project . The project aims to create a new underground rail line beneath London. (See “London’s Underground Revealed.” ) The finds cut across historyeverything from 9,000-year-old Mesolithic stone tools, to medieval plague pits, to a 16th-century graveyard associated with the notorious Bedlam Hospital . Containing some 3,000 graves, the graveyard was also found near Liverpool Station, in the vicinity of the Roman-era skulls. So what are the scholars who uncovered these storied skulls saying about their find? We asked discovery team archaeologist Don Walker of the Museum of London Archaeology . What is the associationif anywith Boudicca’s rebellion? It has been suggested that previous finds of skulls dating to this period may belong to victims of the rebellion, and beheading is certainly not unheard of in Roman Britain. This is a possibility that must be considered but cannot be satisfactorily addressed until full analysis of all material is complete. A quick look at some of the unwashed skulls revealed no evidence of injury around the time of death.

London ‘worst place’ in Britain

But the City of Light, one of the most visited cities in the world, has been knocked off its perch as best city in the world by London and Sydney in a new index released this week. According to the latest edition of the Anholt-GfK City Brands Index which measures a citys brand image, power and appeal, Londons stock has gone up in the world as it took the top spot in the biennial ranking. Possible reasons could include the fact that the city continues to bask in the afterglow of a successful Summer Olympic Games and has maintained a presence in the international spotlight with a string of historic milestones that include the Queens Coronation ceremony and the highly anticipated birth of a new royal with the arrival of Prince George. London also took the top spot as the city where individual cultures are appreciated and where foreigners can “easily fit in.” Sydney, meanwhile, enjoys a stellar reputation around the world for being the safest and friendliest city. The City Brands index measures the value of a citys international reputation across six dimensions: its international status and standing; esthetic; a category called pre-requisites such as affordable accommodations and the standard of public amenities; people; pulse (interesting things to do) and its economic and educational potential. More than 5,140 interviews were conducted in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Russia, South Korea, the US and the UK for the index. And while Paris was able to take the top spot in the category of Pulse, where the city failed to crack the top 10 ranking was in categories such as Friendly People and Safety. This summer, in a bid to shed their longstanding image of being rude and surly, the citys chamber of commerce published an etiquette manual for Parisian restaurateurs, taxi drivers and sales staff on how to welcome international tourists. …despite its indisputable charm, the capital has work to do when it comes to welcoming visitors, the chamber admits. And earlier this year, high-profile muggings of Chinese tourists robbed of their passports, plane tickets and cash shortly after landing in Paris tarnished the citys image, as did footage broadcast worldwide of soccer-related riots which broke out not far from the Eiffel Tower. Meanwhile, other notable movements on the index include Tokyo, which suffered a 7-spot drop from tenth place in 2011 to 17th place in 2013. Amsterdam, meanwhile, shot up the ranks from 17th spot to 11th position this year. And while Rio de Janeiro was ranked the third friendliest city on the list, the city fell to the bottom of the heap when it comes to safety (47 out of 50) — a particular concern given it’s set to host the World Cup and the Summer Olympics, the report points out.

CORRECTION: London steals title of best city in the world from Paris

CORRECTION: London steals title of best city in the world from Paris

Tweet us @itvlondon or go to our Facebook page. @ itvlondon – London is a fabulous city – diverse and tolerant – not perfect but a million miles from ‘crap’ #proudlondoner From @fionatwycross on Twitter: about 6 hours ago Your views on London’s ‘worst place’ title Tweet your views to @itvlondon on whether you think London deserves the title of “worst place in Britain”. @ itvlondon I don’t agree with that at all. Everyone I know that has moved out miss it. From @playsar on Twitter: @ itvlondon prob voted by ppl who would love to live in London but can’t afford it. It’s just jealousy. I get a lot of that.. From @BarefootLady on Twitter: about 6 hours ago Gold iPads and champagne: Why London is a ‘crap town’ Danger, gold iPad cases, money wasted on champagne and an abundance of steakhouses have been cited as reasons why London tops a list of the worst places to live in the UK. Partly it’s the ridiculous bad taste of places like Mayfair (I saw a shop selling gold iPad cases). Partly it’s the glaring inequality – the fact that five minutes walk away from the City, where people are blowing thousands of pounds on single bottles of Dom Perignon there are people who have to go to food banks to eat… Partly, it’s the danger. But mainly, it’s those Aberdeen Angus Steakhouses. AUTHOR of Crap Towns Returns SAM JORDISTON about 7 hours ago Your views: London ‘too built up, too overcrowded’ Opinions are divided over whether London deserves the title of Britain’s “worst place to live”. Tweet us your thoughts @itvlondon or go to our Facebook page . @ itvlondon As a born and bred Londoner I sadly have to agree.

London Internet Exchange (LINX) Selects CoreSite Data Center for First North American Peering Exchange

“We believe that our deployment in CoreSite’s Northern Virginia campus will contribute to us being able to create a successful new exchange in the US. To demonstrate our commitment to building a world leading Internet Exchange in North America, we will be subsidizing it by providing free 10G ports to any networks who join.” CoreSite’s open peering exchange policy gives customers best-of-breed connectivity options through public peering opportunities in addition to CoreSite’s robust network density and customer communities. Customers are able to access the CoreSite marketplace where network, content, and cloud service providers, along with a wide array of enterprises, interconnect and exchange traffic and services in an efficient, cost-effective manner, ultimately reducing latency and improving network diversity. In addition to being able to peer in the Northern Virginia area at LINX NoVA, CoreSite’s Open Internet Exchange Hub currently provides direct connections to multiple exchanges including remote access to peering in Europe at the London Internet Exchange (LINX), Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), German Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX), and peering elsewhere in the US with New York International Internet Exchange (NYIIX) and CoreSite’s Any2 Internet Exchange. “The addition of LINX NoVA to our group of peering partners will further enhance the existing network density inherent in CoreSite’s Northern Virginia community and support the development of a more robust Internet peering ecosystem in the important Northern Virginia market,” said Brian Warren, VP Product Management at CoreSite. “As reflected by the introduction of our Open Internet Exchange Hub last year, we believe in the importance of neutral Internet exchanges and our relationship with LINX NoVA in Virginia further strengthens our platform’s value in providing our customers additional opportunities for both connectivity and community.” About LINX The London Internet Exchange (LINX) is a mutually owned membership association for operators of Internet Protocol networks. We provide a neutral interconnection facility and peering platform, known as an Internet Exchange Point (IXP), and represent the interests of our members on matters of public policy. Our members consist of access networks, ISPs such as BT and content providers like Google, who exchange Internet traffic between each other over our secure peering LANs. Through LINX they are able to reach 80% of the total global Internet making it the single biggest connection point in the world. About CoreSite CoreSite Realty Corporation ( COR ) propels customer growth and long-term competitive advantage by connecting Internet, private networking, mobility, and cloud communities within and across its fifteen high-performance data center campuses and through the CoreSite Mesh. More than 750 of the world’s leading carriers and mobile operators, content and cloud providers, media and entertainment companies, and global enterprises choose CoreSite to run their performance-sensitive applications and to connect and do business with each other. With direct access to more than 275 carriers and ISPs, North America inter-site connectivity and the nation’s first Open Cloud Exchange that provides access to the “most lit” buildings and cloud “on-ramps,” CoreSite provides easy, efficient and valuable gateways to global business opportunities. For more information, visit www.CoreSite.com . Forward Looking Statements This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans and strategies, anticipated events or trends and similar expressions concerning matters that are not historical facts.