Fan­tas­tic new web­site shares his­tory of Am­s­ter­dam via 700,000 canal ob­jects

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ARCHAEOLOGICAL NEWS -

In 2003, the city of Am­s­ter­dam needed to drain and ex­ca­vate one of its canal’s riverbeds for a new metro line. The work turned up 700,000 ob­jects cov­er­ing the city’s seven-hun­dredyear his­tory, in­clud­ing some ob­jects that dated be­fore the es­tab­lish­ment of the city it­self. The project, Below the Sur­face, has now re­leased a book, doc­u­men­tary, and web­site where you can look at a cat­a­logue of the ob­jects ( www. be­lowthesur­face. am­s­ter­dam/en).

The ar­ti­facts in­clude stone blades from 4200 to 2000 BCE while newer ob­jects in­clude pot­tery shards and nails from the Mid­dle Ages, fish hooks and coins, old to­bacco pipes, all the way up to more mod­ern mo­bile phones. It is a unique way to tell the his­tory of Am­s­ter­dam - from the rub­bish that has been thrown away.

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