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18th century wharf uncovered in Massachusetts

A wharf dating back to the late-1700s has been found unearth layers of mud in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Last June, as workers excavated portions of Newburyport’s Water Street for the city’s new waste-water operations building, they unearthed large, centuries-old slabs of granite. Based on maps and archaeological research, the giant rectangles of rock were identified as the capping stones of a 19th-century wharf built onto an earlier Revolutionary War wharf owned by Captain William Coombs.

And, as the city’s infrastructure project has continued for the past several months, archeologists have periodically been on-site to document additional finds from the 1700s and 1800s, including more capstones, cribbing supports, and, this month, timbers from an adjacent wharf.

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Story: Taryn Plumb, Boston GlobeW | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

2 thoughts on “18th century wharf uncovered in Massachusetts

  1. That’s very cool! Newburyport is such a great little city with a lot of history. Unfortunately, its history gets overshadowed a lot by towns like Salem and Boston. – Rebekah

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