1800s shipwreck found under Boston construction site

Boston's official archaeologist speaks about the history behind the rare artifact

A shipwreck from 1800s that had been uncovered during construction in the Seaport District is seen to the left of a construction vehicle, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Boston. According to city archaeologist Joe Bagley, it's the first time a shipwreck has been found in this section of Boston. Bagley says it appears the vessel was carrying lime, which was used for masonry and construction. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON (AP) — A shipwreck from the 1800s has been uncovered during construction in Boston’s Seaport District.

City archaeologist Joe Bagley told WBZ-TV it’s the first time a shipwreck has been found in that section of the city, a trendy waterfront area with office buildings, expensive condos and upscale restaurants.

A shipwreck from the 1800s that has been uncovered during construction in the Seaport District is seen to the left of a construction vehicle, bottom, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Boston. According to city archaeologist Joe Bagley, it's the first time a shipwreck has been found in this section of Boston. Bagley says it appears the vessel was carrying lime, which was used for masonry and construction. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Bagley said it appears the vessel was carrying lime, which was used for masonry and construction. The vessel also appears to be partially burnt.

The ship was uncovered last week during construction of a 17-story office building.

New York-based construction company Skanska USA is meeting with city officials to discuss the discovery. Several archaeologists are inspecting the site.

Watch the video above for the full report from WBZ Reporter David Robichaud

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Information from: WBZ-TV, http://cbsboston.com

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