Published On: Tue, Sep 22nd, 2015

Construction unearths archaeological mystery behind city hall

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urnSAVANNAH – Contractors working for Georgia Power on the new ferry shelter landing unearthed an archaeological mystery behind city hall – an urn buried six feet down in their construction site. The artifact was handed over to the City’s Research Library & Municipal Archives department, which will work with local experts to determine when it  was made and what purpose it might have served.

City offiicials are guessing the urn dates back to when the port of Savannah was located along River Street, and that the jug might’ve been an item that was imported or exported through the port. Inside is a dark, oily substance that smells fishy, so perhaps it stored fish oil. The jug appears to feature a salt glaze and exhibits throw marks around the neck and base. There are no visible potter’s marks.

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