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Matthew Flinders' grave discovered after 200 years near London station

by Esther Addley 8 Feb 03:36 UTC
Archaeologists remove the breastplate of Captain Matthew Flinders during work on London's HS2 high-speed rail project at Euston. © HS2 Ltd/PA

Some said he was buried under platform 4; others suggested platform 12 or 15. When a statue of Captain Matthew Flinders was installed at Euston in 2014, the only regret of those who had campaigned for a memorial to the explorer who led the first circumnavigation of Australia was that his final resting place, understood to be somewhere near the London rail station, was unlikely ever to be known.

Five years later, that mystery has been solved by archaeologists working on the new HS2 rail link. The remains of the British navigator buried over 200 years ago have now been discovered in a graveyard being excavated to make way for the high-speed line between London and Birmingham.

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