Digging for Treasure in the Seaport

The South Street Seaport is the home of tall ships, historical buildings, and, less commonly-known, centuries-old liquor bottles. A team of archaeologists shares its recent discoveries.

Sailors like to drink a lot of booze, or so the legend goes. Now, we have the evidence to prove it–a host of liquor bottles from the late 1700s have been dug up from their resting places in the South Street Seaport.

The find comes from a team of archaeologists, Chrysalis Archaeology, who were following a construction crew digging around the Seaport this past summer. Tech blog Gizmodo recently had a chance to chat with Alyssa Loorya, president of Chrysalis, who explains that there’s a lot of room for random objects dating back centuries to be discovered.

“This job has turned me into a huge infrastructure geek,” Loorya told Gizmodo. “To quote a second grader who was part of a class we brought to the South Street Seaport construction site to see the archaeology: ‘Oh my god, these streets are hollow!'”

Check out the rest of the interview here.