Copyright 2005

[ December 11th 2005 ]

Contractors building a new subway station at the southern tip of Manhattan have found the remains of a stone wall thought to be part of a fort that protected the city in the late 17th century, Reuters reports today.

The 40-foot section of wall was found at a depth of around 10 feet in Battery Park, a green area that looks out on New York harbor and the Statue of Liberty.

"This wall most likely is a portion of the gun batteries that once protected the city in the late 17th and 18th centuries and gave rise to the modern park name," said Robert Tierney, chairman of the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

The city and the Metropolitan Transport Authority will now work together to preserve the remains as an archaeological point of interest.

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