“In the 1570s, the City of London was one square mile of squalor and wonder. Behind walls plotted by the Romans and defended by the Saxons, London’s 180,000 inhabitants breathed, ate, slept, defecated and died in a space denser than the most crowded cities of today.”
I don’t often feature world history blog posts, but this recent one from the Smithsonian caught my eye. To those of us who live in ‘the new world’ (with apologies to aboriginal people), just the concept of living on top of layer after layer of concentrated human history is hard to grasp. Trying to preserve that history through constant rejuvenation is even harder to imagine.
I found this artlcle fascinating: