Archaeologists discover grave of explorer who put Australia on the map
Navigator’s remains found among tens of thousands of graves being moved to make way for Britain's HS2 high speed rail line.
Archaeologists working at a construction site near London’s Euston Station have uncovered the long-lost remains of Captain Matthew Flinders, solving an enduring mystery surrounding the final resting place of one of Australia’s most revered explorers.
Flinders, a British naval officer who in 1803 led the first expedition to circumnavigate Australia, and who is widely credited with giving the continent its name, died in 1814 and was buried in a London cemetery. The graveyard subsequently fell into neglect and was later redeveloped into a city park named St. James Gardens. The headstones were unceremoniously cleared away and the locations and identities of the graves, some 60,000 of them, were lost and forgotten.
A portion of the old burial ground became the site of