NYC becomes archaeological site covering centuries
by Verena Dobnik, Associated Press
August 08, 2013 02:45 AM | 601 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bottle pieces are on display during a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 in New York. Wine bottles corked centuries ago. A copper half-penny. A pair of children’s shoes.These are some of the remnants of early New York life workers discovered just steps from Wall Street while digging under Manhattan to install new utilities for the growing residential and business South Street Seaport area. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Bottle pieces are on display during a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 in New York. Wine bottles corked centuries ago. A copper half-penny. A pair of children’s shoes.These are some of the remnants of early New York life workers discovered just steps from Wall Street while digging under Manhattan to install new utilities for the growing residential and business South Street Seaport area. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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Contractors work in an area in Lower Manhattan where 18th century artifacts are being unearthed, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 in New York. Wine bottles corked centuries ago. A copper half-penny. A pair of children’s shoes.These are some of the remnants of early New York life workers discovered just steps from Wall Street while digging under Manhattan to install new utilities for the growing residential and business South Street Seaport area. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Contractors work in an area in Lower Manhattan where 18th century artifacts are being unearthed, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 in New York. Wine bottles corked centuries ago. A copper half-penny. A pair of children’s shoes.These are some of the remnants of early New York life workers discovered just steps from Wall Street while digging under Manhattan to install new utilities for the growing residential and business South Street Seaport area. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City has become an archaeological site, with thousands of artifacts such as an 18th-century bone toothbrush and champagne bottles corked centuries ago unearthed to prove it.

Other items uncovered in lower Manhattan include a copper half-penny and a pair of children's shoes. They're remnants of early New York life workers discovered steps from Wall Street while digging to install new utilities for the growing residential and business South Street Seaport area.

Last week, 100 liquor bottles from the 18th century popped up. Some are still intact and corked.

Alyssa Loorya is an archaeologist whose Brooklyn firm is overseeing the excavation. She said Wednesday "you never know what you'll find right underneath your feet" in New York City.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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