Ancient ship unearthed at World Trade Center site

Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:49pm EDT
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The decayed hull of a centuries old ship was unearthed at the World Trade Center construction site in New York city, providing a glimpse into the history of Manhattan, archeologists said.

Parts of lower Manhattan, including the twin towers which fell on September 11, 2001 when two hijacked aircraft crashed into them, were built over the Hudson River, archeologist Michael Pappalardo told reporters gathered at the site.

The ship, Pappalardo explained, likely dated back at least 200 years when part of the river was filled in with trash, debris and wooden beams in order to expand a fast-growing Manhattan.

The 32-foot long (9.7 meter) craft was discovered on Tuesday and made public late on Wednesday. Many other kinds of antique debris have also been found.

Pappalardo, a muddy trowel in his back pocket, said the discovery was indeed a good find, but added "we've found bottles and dishes, and that's exciting too."

(Reporting by Basil Katz; Editing by Mark Egan and Vicki Allen)

 
<p>Archaeologists examine the remnants of a centuries old wooden ship at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan, July 15, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>