Monday, July 28, 2014


When it comes to history and archeology I am a big time geek.  This story has so much too it.  Did you know Ellis Island and Liberty Island were formed  from landfills to handle early NYC trash.  Well apparently the coastal area of Manhattan was also used as landfills to handle trash.  The speculation is this ship was sunk to help create the landfill thereby enlarging Manhattan island.

"Now, a new report finds that tree rings in those waterlogged ribs show the vessel was likely built in 1773, or soon after, in a small shipyard near Philadelphia. What's more, the ship was perhaps made from the same kind of white oak trees used to build parts of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were signed, according to the study published this month in the journal Tree-Ring Research."

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Beneath NYC in the original subway tunnels from the late 1800's there are entire homeless communities living.  There are old stations with magnificent murals.  The public has no access to them because the city has never seen fit to create the tourist attraction.  So by using old access tunnels thousands of homeless people live in these old tunnels.

NYC is a living piece of archeology which needs to be explored.

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