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18th-century liquor bottles found buried under Fulton Street

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MANHATTAN (PIX11) — Call it drunken treasure.

Construction workers in the Financial District have uncovered about 100 liquor bottles  that were buried for more than 200 years. Other artifacts found  were pieces of pottery, forks, British military buttons and a gun sling.

The bottles were hiding  underneath a 15-foot stretch of Fulton Street, seven feet below the street.

Some of the  bottles were in excellent condition, and still had their corks in place.

Chrysalis Archaeology firm has been examining the site along with the Department of Design and Construction, which is clearing the area to install new water mains.

Alyssa Loorya,  an archaeologist with Chrysalis Archaeology, told PIX11 that the bottles have been moved to the firm’s lab in Brooklyn. Archaeologists are now trying to find out more about the bottles.


The bottles will be washed and examined to identify any labels or engravings. (Diane George/Chrysalis Archaeology)

The artifacts were likely part of a landfill dating to an era when the city’s maritime industry was booming. The discovery was first reported by DNAinfo.

“Many of these bottles could be linked to seaport history,” Loorya said.

Although the booze is long gone, the history the bottles represent is still very much alive.

“We are getting a lot of little pieces of the everyday life of people from the 18th century,” Loorya said.

This isn’t the that historic artifacts have turned up on Fulton Street.

Last year, a 6-foot wall  dating to the Revolutionary era was discovered.

Other findings include two water wells  and artifacts from the early 19th century.