Since the discovery of three ships in the Spring of last year, the Office of Historic Alexandria has been excavating and researching the history of these ships, now people can actually see the discovery.
As a rare occasion, the Office of Historic Alexandria is letting people see the ship timbers that were discovered at a construction site in March of last year. While they continue to research the history of these ships, they can say that the ships are from the 18th century.
Officials say the people of Alexandria are blessed to live in an area that stands on so much history.
“As archaeologists we excavate to learn about the past and that’s what has been happening along the waterfront over the past 3 or 4 years, major excavations before development happens and that’s what has resulted in the discovery of these 3 ships, thousands of artifacts relating to our early maritime history,” said Eleanor Breen, Alexandria archaeologist.
The Alexandria Archaeological Protection Code requires developers to have archaeologists on site to monitor all phases of ground disturbance in case any historic features are found.