Unearthing colonial New York: South Ferry project yields 65K artificats





The goat bones and oyster shells tell us what our colonial forefathers ate. Stone jugs from Germany show where they traded, and stylish brass buckles and pointy leather shoes are a reminder that New Yorkers have always been fashion savvy.

These are among 65,000 historic artifacts that have turned up during construction at the South Ferry subway station, and offer a rare glimpse into colonial New York. Next month, a new exhibit will provide the public with a window into this vanished way of life.

The MTA must follow strict preservation law, and keeps archeologists on-call for when contractors encounter remains. Discovering materials sets off a chain of events that last for months, only wrapping up with a written history of the site and public preservations.


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