London human remains collection

A skull discovered at Ebenezer Chapel London

A skull discovered at Ebenezer Chapel, London

The London human remains collections includes 740 individuals who lived in London over the last 5,000 years.

The remains in the collection, cared for in the museum, were excavated in the nineteeth and early twentieth centuries.

Museum scientists have uncovered fascinating insights into lives and deaths of the people that once lived in the capital, from the Romans to the Victorians.

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Find out where in London individuals remains were found, what era they lived in and what we know about their lives from their bones.


The Human Remains Digitisation Project was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust.

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Cannon Street

Human remains of Roman individuals unearthed in Cannon Street in 1861.

Ebenezer chapel (1785-1850)

In 1913, a skull was found under post-medieval building foundations at the site of Ebenezer Chapel (London E1). 

London wall

Human remains of Roman individuals uncovered in 1866 by Lieutenant Colonel Augustus H Lane-Fox.

Ludgate Hill (1500-1800)

Collection represents a pathological collection of post-medieval remains from a number of individuals that were uncovered from Ludgate Hill.

Ripple Road, Barking

In 1932, during housing developments, a Roman stone coffin was found at Ripple Road in Barking. 

St Bride's (1650-1700)

A collection of post-medieval crania uncovered from a graveyard used by St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.

St George the Martyr (1122-1850)

The churchyard of St George-the-Martyr was in use for more than six centuries throughout the post-medieval period.

The Green Ground (1638-1850)

A post-medieval graveyard on Portugal Street used by the Parish of St Clement Danes (western central London) from 1638.

The River Thames

The remains in this collection were recovered from the Thames, between Richmond in the west and Crossness in the east, over the last 150 years. 


The remains in this collection are believed to mainly date from the Bronze Age, though some may even date back to the Neolithic period. 

Iron Age and Roman sites

These Iron Age and Romano-British remains were recovered from multiple sites across London over the last 170 years.

Medieval sites (410-1550)

The cranial remains of eight individuals, probably dating to the medieval period, recovered from various locations in London.

Post-medieval (1550-1900)

Many originate from post-medieval burial grounds that were closed as a result of overcrowding.

Sites of unknown dates

Human remains found at various locations throughout London, predominantly during building works.