500-year-old skeleton clad in thigh-high leather boots found face down in London mud
Thursday December 6, 2018. 08:27 PM , from BoingBoing
And I didn't even know Keith Richards was missing.
The New York Times reports on the discovery of a mudlarker's body in the Thames mud, complete with thigh-high leather boots.
Britons fishing or scavenging in the River Thames in central London are a rare sight these days. But in medieval times, the river was teeming with workers toiling along its banks. The 500-year-old skeleton of a man believed to be among them has been found buried in layers of river mud in southeast London, offering a glimpse of a bygone era.
Perhaps most intriguing, what remained of his legs was discovered in a pair of thigh-high leather boots — unusual even for his time. Specialists say the man could have been a fisherman, a dock worker or a mudlark — a scavenger who hunted for objects of value by the river.
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