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Grafik zeigt Details der Entdeckung und Karte der Umseglung Australiens von Matthew Flinders.
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ARCHÄOLOGIE

Sterbliche Überreste von Capt. Matthew Flinders entdeckt

January 25, 2019 - Die sterblichen Überreste und Sarg von Captain Matthew Flinders, dem ersten Entdecker, der ganz Australien umsegelte und der auch dem Kontinent einen Namen gab, sind in einem Gräberfeld nahe einer belebten Londoner Bahnstation gefunden worden.

The archaeologists identified the remains by the lead plate placed on top of his coffin. He was buried at St. James's burial ground in 1814 but the headstone was removed in the 1840s, leaving the precise location of his grave a mystery.

Flinders made a number of important journeys and was commander of HMS Investigator when he navigated the entire coast of Australia, confirming it was a continent.

A number of places in Australia have been named after him, including Flinders Station in Melbourne and the town of Flinders in Victoria. A statue honouring him was unveiled in London by Prince William on the bicentenary of his death in 2014.

Experts plan to remove tens of thousands of skeletons from the burial ground, where a rail station for a new high-speed rail line will be built.

HS2, which is building the rail line from London to Birmingham, said the remains of Flinders and roughly 40,000 others will be re-buried at a location to be announced.

PUBLISHED: 25/01/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Associated Press
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