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First Ever Archaeological Dig in Chinatown Under Way

July 8, 2019

The first-ever archaeological dig of Chinatown has so far unearthed pieces of porcelain, pottery, and brick, among other things.

Chinatown is on land made from a former tidal flat during the second quarter of the 19th century. (Beach Street in Chinatown, for instance, though far from the water now, runs along what used to be a beach.)

The neighborhood once held pockets of Irish, Syrians, Jews, and Italians before Chinese started moving there during the 1870s.

The Chinatown dig is taking place at 6 Hudson Street near the Chinatown gate.

It is supposed to continue until the fall, according to the Associated Press.

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