ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WRIC/WJLA) — Archaeologists are working to recover the remains of an ancient ship discovered in Alexandria.
The nearly 50-foot-long remains of the ship’s hull were found after construction workers began working on the new Indigo Hotel at 220 South Union Street, 8News affiliate WJLA reports. Francine Bromberg, the city’s archaeologist, believes it’s only about one third of the hull of a vessel.
“It is a treasure to us. There is no way to put this into words how excited we are to get this find on the waterfront,” said Bromberg. “This may be the first archaeological example of this kind so from the point of view of understanding ship building practices in the past, this is an extremely important find.”
Dozens came out on Tuesday morning to check out the piece of history.
“It will be interesting to see what becomes of it,” said Bev Howard.
Bromberg says they believe the ship was dismantled in the late eighteenth century and used as the framework to artificially extend the waterfront to the deeper part of the Potomac River.
“It gives us so much insight into the early years of the city,” she said. “The founders of the city had incredible aspirations to become an international port.”
While Bromberg says they still don’t exactly what the ship was used for, there’s a theory that it could’ve been used for military purposes.