Four years ago, while excavation was taking place at the World Trade Center site, a curved piece of wood was noticed sticking out of the ground.
There were archaeologists on site during the excavation to monitor the grounds for any potential finds. I don’t think they expected to find anything quite like this however.
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The ship was found about 22 feet below ground south of where the World Trade Center once stood.
The land was river bottom and the ship is believed to be a Hudson River Sloop of Dutch design used to carry people and cargo over the shallow, rocky water.
For whatever reason it was sunk and eventually covered over with trash and fill materials that were used to extend the Manhattan shoreline.
They were even to identify the wood that was used to make this ship as being from colonial-era Philadelphia.
Seriously. There is a Tree Ring Research lab at Columbia University and they can tell where and when the wood was taken. In this case it is an old growth forest in the Philadelphia area cut down about 1773. Seriously…..again….
Imagine what we are covering up today that may be found hundreds of years from now. Sadly I don’t think it is anything good.