Washington Square Park is the archeological gift that keeps on givingthat is, giving morbid century-old tombs and exhumed burial plots. The latest in an ongoing series of stuff unearthed in the Greenwich Village park: a burial vault that dates back to the 19th century or earlier. The burial vault was uncovered just east of the park on Waverly Place by workers who are in the process of installing catch basins, sewer manholes, and traffic lights in the area, DNAinfo reports.
The city's Department of Design and Construction is redesigning the infrastructure upgrades as significant archaeological findings are uncovered. "Working together with the Landmarks Preservation Commission, DDC will evaluate the extent and significance of the vault and its contents," Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora said in a statement quoted by DNAinfo. Archaeologists and anthropoligists will descend on the site to determine its historical significance; until then, work will continue on the surrounding infrastructure upgrades.
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