Construction Workers Unearth Centuries-Old Ship in Virginia
News| | By Felissa Allard
Due to the historic nature of the area, the builders of the new hotel were required by Old Town to have an archaeology firm on hand. Dan Baicy, the field director for Thunderbird Archeology, told The Washington Post that the ship was so well-preserved because it was protected from elements that would normally cause decay. Baicy added that this discovery is extremely rare. “This almost never happens. In 15 years that I’ve done this work, I’ve never run into this kind of preservation in an urban environment where there’s so much disturbance,” said Baicy. The bow of the ship was discovered first, followed by a large 50-feet long portion of the hull. The ship is being taken apart piece by piece to carefully store until there’s room in a preservation lab. Fans of history can be glad that construction workers didn’t miss the boat on this discovery.