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