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5,000 artifacts unearthed beneath New York street

Over 5,000 ojbects dating back to the turn of the 19th century have been found beneath Fulton Street in Manhattan, New York.

Among the discoveries made in an old basement foundation at 40 Fulton St. were a bone toothbrush, a copper half-penny and hundreds of shards of pottery.

The range of bottles, goblets, gravy boats and dinner plates — including some imported Chinese porcelain — suggests that the home there belonged to a wealthy family with access to a wide variety of goods and foods, said Alyssa Loorya, the archaeologist who excavated the artifacts.

“It really creates a picture of what the historic area was, what life was like,” she said.

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Story: Julie Shapiro, DNAinfo | Photo: Chrysalis Archaelogy

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