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A Roman bull plaque. Ten thousand accessioned finds have been discovered at the site. This is the largest assemblage of small finds to have ever been recovered on a single excavation in London.

Tunnelers working on the Crossrail project found about 20 skulls, deep beneath the 16th century Bedlam burial ground in the center of the city, Crossrail said in a statement . The site embraces the longest stretch of the Roman Walbrook left in the City. A complete amber Gladiator amulet. Seven meters of archeology have been excavated, including remains covering the entire Roman occupation of Britain — from the mid 40s AD to the early 5th century. A Roman bull plaque. Ten thousand accessioned finds have been discovered at the site. This is the largest assemblage of small finds to have ever been recovered on a single excavation in London. A Roman copper-alloy brooch. A Roman iron knife. A mystery leather item. This site has supplied the largest quantity of Roman leather to have ever been unearthed in London. Roman copper-alloy plate brooch with blue enameling. An inked Roman letter. Over 100 fragments of Roman writing tablets have been unearthed, including an affectionate letter. A ceramic oil lamp depicting a stag.

Vikings get first win, Steelers don’t in NFL’s London showcase

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt walks off the field after the Texans were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks 23-20 in overtime.

29 as the NFL returned to London and Wembley Stadium. The Vikes outlasted the Steelers 34-27, thanks in large part to Peterson’s efforts. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports There were other types of titans overlooking the grounds outside Wembley. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Minnesota was designated the “home” team, and the Viking theme seemed to resonate with local fans. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Like the preceding games at Wembley, the Steelers-Vikings contest proved a tough ticket after quickly selling out. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Naturally, cheerleaders were a big component of the fanfare. Matt Dunham, AP Hand over hearts for the Vikes cheerleaders. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Gene Simmons, best known as the bassist of rock group KISS, sang the American national anthem. Sang Tan, AP Vikings WR Greg Jennings celebrates a 70-yard TD catch from backup QB Matt Cassel. Matt Dunham, AP Jennings would haul in a 16-yard scoring strike from Cassel later in the day and got mobbed by his teammates as Minnesota’s lead was extended to 34-17. Matt Dunham, AP Cassel ended up with 248 yards and two TD passes in his first-ever start for the Vikes. Julian Finney, Getty Images Steelers rookie RB Le’Veon Bell made his NFL debut in the game and vaulted into the end zone for his first professional TD in the opening quarter. Bell hit paydirt again in the third quarter. Sang Tan, AP Peterson got loose himself, galloping 60 yards for the Vikings’ second touchdown before halftime. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson got loose himself, galloping 60 yards for the Vikings’ second touchdown before halftime. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Minnesota didn’t salt away the victory until DE Everson Griffen (97) strip-sacked Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger with 19 seconds remaining in regulation. Matt Dunham, AP Fullscreen The league has been featuring its product abroad for decades and is increasing the visibility of players overseas. Vikings Jared Allen (69) and Kevin Williams (93) and Pittsburgh’s Ramon Foster were among those who jetted over to the United Kingdom in July to serve as NFL ambassadors. Lefteris Pitarakis, AP Big Ben poses in front of Big Ben. Yes, Roethlisberger did his share of offseason promotional work in London, including this shot in front of his namesake, to market the league. Lefteris Pitarakis, AP Fullscreen The Jaguars and 49ers will meet in London on Oct. 27, marking the first time two games have been played there in the same season. The Jaguars will “host” a game in England each of the next four seasons as owner Shad Khan tries to expand the team’s international footprint. Lefteris Pitarakis, AP Six-year-old Wembley Stadium has become the NFL’s primary European venue. It holds approximately 84,500 fans for American football and never fails to quickly sell out. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports London gets a mini-makeover when the NFL comes to town. Matt Dunham, AP NFL-sponsored fan rallies at Trafalgar Square are part of the festitivities. Matt Dunham, AP The games come complete with pomp and pageantry. Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports Local fan flavor can also permeate the field. Streeter Lecka, Getty Images The NFL supplies mascots to the scene. Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP You’ll find them off the field. Lefteris Pitarakis, AP And where there are mascots, there are usually cheerleaders. USA TODAY Sports Lots and lots of them. Tom Shaw, Getty Images The Bucs cheerleaders performed better than their team in 2011. Elsa, Getty Images 49ers cheerleaders worked fan events during the week. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Before rooting on the team Sunday. Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports Before exporting regular-season contests as part of its International Series, the NFL regularly staged preseason games in England, Germany and even Japan. The league also supported a minor league called NFL Europe. Katsumi Kasahara, AP The International Series actually kicked off in 2005 when the 49ers faced the Cardinals in Mexico City, the first time a regular-season game was played outside U.S. borders. Marco Ugarte, AP S Robert Griffith’s Cardinals trounced the 49ers 31-14 at Azteca Stadium in front of a record crowd that exceeded 103,000. Claudio Cruz, AP Fullscreen The Bills have been farming out one regular-season game per season to Toronto since 2008 in a bid to expand their regional presence outside of Buffalo. Unfortunately for the Bills, they’re only 1-4 in “home” games at the Rogers Centre in an event that’s been met with tepid local enthusiasm and overpriced tickets. Rick Stewart, Getty Images But the International Series’ flagship affairs occur in London, beginning with the Dolphins-Giants matchup in 2007, which came complete with a 26-foot statue of Miami defender Jason Taylor.

‘We love Mandela’ London exhibition pays hommage to icon

2 hours ago London (AFP) – A portrait of Nelson Mandela by British artist Richard Stone and a portrayal of him playing the role of Jesus at the Last Supper are some of the works on display in London’s “We Love Mandela” exhibition. Some 22 artists, all South African with the exception of Stone, are displaying around 50 works reflecting the “emotions of people”, their feelings and ideas about South Africa’s first black president, exhibition curator Natalie Knight told AFP. Many of the artists showcased were forced to work underground during the era of apartheid. Peace icon Mandela featured “at the top” of the list of personalities whom Stone, portraitist of Queen Elizabeth II and former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, wanted to paint. “It was the most daunting experience I had ever had” and also “the greatest privilege”, the artist told AFP. “Here we have quite possibly the most famous man on the planet,” he said. “My goal was to capture something of the soul of this very great man.” Curateor Natalie Knight poses in front of an image entitled “Foresight and Hindsight” by South Afric Stone recalled how Mandela “allowed a little window to be open into his soul” during the six sittings which took place in his Johannesburg office in 2008. The painting, which features a dignified white-haired Mandela wearing one of his trademark colourful shirts, was sold at auction in 2008 for around 480,000 euros ($650,000) during a London concert celebrating his 90th birthday. The exhibition gives equal billing to numerous cartoons by South African animator Zapiro, one of which shows Mandela sat in a carriage next to the queen as they travel through the streets of London. A policeman turns to his colleague and says: “The next bloody tourist who asks who’s the little old lady with Mandela…!” For Knight, the drawing epitomises “the importance of Mandela in the world.” Another work explores the power of Mandela’s clenched fist, the symbol of his fight against apartheid, while another imagines Mandela as the central figure at the Last Supper, surrounded by “his” disciples, including Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. The exhibition was postponed on several occasions due to health concerns over 95-year-old Mandela, who was hospitalised in June and is now receiving intensive care at home.