NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A treasure trove of historic objects have been found during a utility upgrade in Lower Manhattan.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell On The Story

The objects open a window into 18th and 19th century New York.

“We do learn about the individual people, the people that we normally don’t learn about in the history books, the everyday New York citizen,” said archaeologist Alyssa Loorya says.

She says thousands of items have been found below Fulton Street. Some are in pieces and some are intact.

“When they’re broken, you can see the interior composition of a piece,” Loorya told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

Among the findings are items from a print shop.

“A collection of hundreds of ink bottles – some of them with the ink still in them,” she said.

She says most of the artifacts have been found six to nine feet below the surface.

The utility upgrades are being done by the New York City Department of Design and Construction.

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