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GIFS: Ship buried for hundreds of years unearthed in Virginia construction site


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This week, archaeologists uncovered the remains of a 50-foot ship dating back to the 1700s at a construction site in Alexandria, Virginia.

Archaeologists exhumed a third of a well-preserved hull, among other remnants of the nautical discovery. Developer Carr Hospitality is building the Indigo Hotel on the site, located in Old Town, a historic district along the Potomac River.
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The city’s archaeologists said the ship was retired sometime in the late 18th century. They said the ship, along with other vessels, was used as a framework to extend the Old Town waterfront further into the Potomac River. The ship helped establish an international port for the city.

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Thunderbird Archaeology conducted the investigation that led to the ship’s excavation. Archaeologists will use 3-D laser scanning, photographs and drawings to document the ship for further study before it’s dismantled for possible conservation, the city said.

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