Long Dormant Canal May Contain Shipwrecks, Artifacts, Bodies

The site could yield a trove of artifacts, such as turn-of-the-century machine parts, pieces of barges, and foreign currency from old seafaring vessels.

Fri July 01, 2016 - Northeast Edition
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An abandoned offshoot of the Gowanus Canal that's been buried under 20 feet of dirt for decades will be excavated and filled with water again.
An abandoned offshoot of the Gowanus Canal that's been buried under 20 feet of dirt for decades will be excavated and filled with water again.

The website DNAInfo reports that an abandoned offshoot of the Gowanus Canal that's been buried under 20 feet of dirt for decades will be excavated and filled with water again, and archeologists may uncover shipwrecks, Revolutionary War artifacts and human remains in the process, federal officials said Tuesday.

Representatives with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revealed plans to restore the long dormant First Street Basin at a Tuesday night meeting of the Gowanus Canal community advisory group.

The site could yield a trove of artifacts such as turn-of-the-century machine parts, pieces of barges, and foreign currency from old seafaring vessels — and given the canal's more recent history as a dumping ground for criminals both alive and dead, it's possible the site could hold guns and bodies, archeologists and historians said.

Source: DNAInfo


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