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NYC becomes archaeological site covering centuries

Aug 08, 2013 by Verena Dobnik

The city has become an archaeological site, with thousands of artifacts such as an 18th-century bone toothbrush with animal hair bristles and wine and champagne bottles corked centuries ago unearthed to prove it.

A copper half-penny and a pair of children's shoes are some of the other remnants of early New York life workers discovered in lower Manhattan while digging to install new utilities for the growing residential and business South Street Seaport area.
Last week, under a 15-foot (4.6-meter) stretch of Fulton Street, near Wall Street, more than 100 liquor bottles from the 18th century popped up, some still intact and corked, as first reported by the news website DNAinfo.com.
Archaeologist Alyssa Loorya, whose Brooklyn firm is overseeing the financial district excavation, said, "You never know what you'll find right underneath your feet in this city."
"Finding the bits and pieces that were actually used by the people in the past makes New York City's history real," Loorya said Wednesday. "George Washington lived right near here."

The ordinary objects paint an extraordinary picture of the city in the 1700s and 1800s—a community of Dutch and English settlers who hadn't yet spread north into what is today's Manhattan. The budding metropolis and its water-borne trade was still expanding into the East River and harbor with for wharves using whatever was available, including some newly found artifacts that had become garbage
On a summer afternoon, Loorya stood on Fulton Street looking over a table of dirt-caked treasures, surrounded by towering office buildings, luxury residential skyscrapers and refurbished old merchants' houses and stores. The buildings r now filling the space where the was found near the edge of the city's original shoreline.
ise above the pit dug into the cobblestone pavement for the crisscrossing electrical wires and
Last October, at the peak of Superstorm Sandy, again surged up to that spot.

The most recent archaeological pay dirt was hundreds of bottle pieces, including those found last week, from pubs and taverns that had been watering holes for soldiers and sailors passing through.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2013-08-nyc-archaeological-site-centuries.html#jCp

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