NYC construction crew digs up artifacts from American Revolutionary era

Updated Oct 9, 2013
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While digging to replace utilities under New York City’s South Street Seaport, a construction crew uncovered several artifacts from the 18th century.

Just as crews had begun digging the $40 million project, archaeologists hired by the city to monitor the process noticed “a host” of artifacts under Fulton Street, reports New York 1.

Broken bottles, a gun flint, a pice of furniture, a fork, smoking pipes and pottery were found. Most exciting however are a set of buttons believed to be worn by a British soldier in the Battle of Brooklyn. For you history buffs keeping score, that battle took place in August 1776 and was the first battle to take place after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

The archaeologists told New York 1 they expect to find more artifacts as the project continues.