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Construction Workers Make Huge Discovery While Working On Building (Photos)

A shipwreck buried 25-feet beneath the Boston’s Seaport District has been uncovered, according to the City’s archaeologist.

“This is the first shipwreck that I know of in Boston discovered in filled land,” said Archaeologist Joe Bagley, according to CBS Boston. “This is the largest and most significant by far.”

The ship was uncovered by Skanska a construction company who is building a structure at 121 Seaport Boulevard. The wooden sloop is estimated to be 50 feet long and from the mid-to-late 1800s.

Though it would cost Skanska to halt the excavation, they wanted to reach out to authorities and be transparent with the city about their find and allow archaeologists to study the wreck, CBS Boston reports.

“You certainly come across a lot of interesting things when you do below-grade excavation, but I’ve never seen anything like this in my career,” said Skanska president and CEO Shawn Hurley.

Bagley said it is likely the ship was carrying lime for construction and that the crew likely unloaded much of the valuables before setting part of the ship on fire to reduce its weight when it descended into the mud.

Source: CBS Boston
Photo: CBS Boston

Shipwreck discovered at construction site.

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