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July 18, 2012

Penn’s Landing Invites You To Unearth History At The West Shipyard Archaeological Dig Starting Today, July 18, Through July 20

Philadelphia prides itself as a city rich in American history. With landmarks and historic sites like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, it’s no wonder why.

But have you ever wondered what’s below the ground?

Starting today, July 18, the Delaware Waterfront Corporation invites you to Penn’s Landing to watch the exciting work and tour the site of the West Shipyard excavation project.

The project, which runs until July 27, is located in the Vine Street Parking Lot on Columbus Boulevard. During the eighteenth century, this stretch of Penn’s Landing held many shipping-related facilities. But as the Delaware waterfront moved eastward, the wharves were buried.

Archeologists are currently looking for the remains of the shipyard, which pre-dated William Penn’s arrival by six years!

Here’s the tour schedule:

• Wednesday, July 18, 1-3 p.m.
• Thursday, July 19, 10 a.m. to noon
• Friday, July 20, 1-3 p.m.

**UPDATE: Thanks to popular demand, a fourth tour has been added on Tuesday, July 24 from 5-7 p.m.

Can’t make these dates? Tours will also be given by appointment only during the week of July 23-27.

Don’t forget to follow the project’s blog for the dig’s most recent updates.

West Shipyard Archaeological Dig Tours
When: Wednesday, July 18, 1-3 p.m., Thursday, July 19, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday, July 20, 1-3 p.m.; July 23-27 (by appointment); new tour: Tuesday, July 24 from 5-7 p.m.
Where: Columbus Boulevard between Vine and Callowhill Streets
Cost: Free
More info: www.delawareriverwaterfrontcorp.com

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