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2 centuries-old ships discovered at Alexandria's waterfront

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techbeck    6,351

Archaeologists in Alexandria, Va., have uncovered the remains of two ships that likely date back to the late 1700s or 1800s during construction work on the city’s waterfront.


The city announced the discovery at the construction site in the historic Old Town district earlier this week. The find was made at the site of the former Robinson Terminal South. In 2015 a Revolutionary War-era ship was found nearby during construction work for the Hotel Indigo.


“The discovery of three historic ships in a two-block area is absolutely incredible,” said Eleanor Breen, Alexandria’s acting city archaeologist, in a statement. “There have been very few ships from this era excavated in Virginia or nationwide.”


The discovery was made last week by experts from Thunderbird Archaeology working for developers JBG Smith and EYA, the Washington Post reports. The site is being developed into a residential complex.


The city is overseeing an analysis of the site to determine what the next steps should be. “As part of a private construction site, the artifacts are not currently open to public view and are not visible from the street,” it said, in its statement.




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