Evidence of 17th Century Burial Ground Uncovered in East Harlem

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The 126th Street Bus Depot in East Harlem, where bones and bone fragments were found.
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The Harlem waterfront as it appeared in 1765. The steeple of the Reformed Low Dutch Church can be seen at the far right. Just below are what appear to be headstones.
Photo: NYT

Buried below a bus depot along the East River in East Harlem lies a 17th century burial ground containing recently discovered remains of New Yorkers of African descent.

More than 140 bones and bone fragments were found at the site last summer by archaeologists under contract to the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Most compelling of all was a skull, its cranium intact, that most likely came from an adult woman of African descent.

Check out the full article for more information on what is likely to become of the site.

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