In July 2010, excavators digging up the World Trade Center site to build a new foundation found a mysterious seafaring ship buried under hundreds of feet of dirt. The unexpected discovery unearthed just south of the former Twin Towers left everyone baffled, but now the mystery has finally been solved. After years of research, Tree Ring Laboratory archaeologists from Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory have concluded that the boat could date back to as early as 1773.

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The researchers discovered that wood samples taken from the mystery ship contain rings that closely resemble historic samples taken from the Independence Hall in Philadelphia. The vessel could have even been built in a shipyard near the city of brotherly love as one researcher noted it was one of the most important shipbuilding centers in the Americas at the time.

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Despite these realizations, scientists are still not certain whether or not the ship sank accidentally. Another theory supposes that the boat was purposely submerged as part of a massive landfill process to artificially extend Manhattan’s coastline. No matter what the boat’s final fate, its wooden boards were clearly hollowed out by a type of shipworm called lyrodus pedicellatus. This suggests the boat partook in a trading voyage through the Caribbean. Ultimately the vessel was retired 20 or 30 years after it was originally built.

via Yahoo News

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