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1800s Shipwreck Was Buried in Boston's Seaport District

It was uncovered during construction
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 26, 2016 1:25 PM CDT
1800s Shipwreck Was Buried in Boston's Seaport District
A shipwreck from 1800s that had been uncovered during construction in the Seaport District is seen to the left of a construction vehicle on Wednesday in Boston.   (Elise Amendola)

(Newser) – A buried shipwreck from the 1800s has been uncovered during construction in Boston's Seaport District, the AP reports. City archaeologist Joe Bagley tells WBZ-TV it's the first time a shipwreck has been found in that section of the city, a trendy waterfront area with office buildings, expensive condos, and upscale restaurants. He adds that it's "the first shipwreck that I know of in Boston discovered in filled land."

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Bagley says it appears the vessel was carrying lime, which was used for masonry and construction. The vessel also appears to be partially burnt. The ship was uncovered last week during construction of a 17-story office building. New York-based construction company Skanska USA is meeting with city officials to discuss the discovery. Several archaeologists are inspecting the site. (Read more shipwreck stories.)

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