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11-06-2015, 05:33 AM
From Fox News 5 November 2015:
Workers upgrading water mains under New York City’s Washington Square Park this week discovered a vault containing a large pile of skeletal remains dating back approximately 200 years. ...The land where the park is now located was a so-called potter’s field, or public burial ground, between 1797 and 1825. The city bought the land the following year and turned it into a military parade ground, and then a park.

Historians have estimated that approximately 20,000 people were buried underneath the park.

article (http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/11/05/workers-discovery-19th-century-burial-vault-under-new-york-city-park.html)

11-06-2015, 11:25 AM

11-06-2015, 08:28 PM
Journalist Jake Pearson wrote for The Associated Press 5 November 2015:
Two centuries-old burial vaults discovered beneath a street in the heart of New York University's campus by workers replacing a water main were likely part of a Presbyterian church cemetery, an archaeologist said Thursday. ...Washington Square Park, adjacent to the excavation work, was a potter's field for yellow fever victims in the early 1800s... ...Eighteenth-century houses and wells along with Revolutionary War buttons worn by soldiers who marched in the Battle of Brooklyn were found during construction work beginning in 2005 in lower Manhattan's South Street Seaport area...

article (http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_BURIAL_VAULTS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2015-11-05-21-24-57)