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Heap Of Skeletons Found In Centuries-Old Vault Under NYC

While upgrading New York City's underground water mains, workers discovered an 8-foot-deep burial vault dating back to the 19th century.

By Ryan Biek | November 5, 2015

New York City workers upgrading underground water mains in Greenwich Village discovered an 8-foot-deep burial vault from the 19th century.

A heap of skeletons from more than a dozen people were found, and archaeologists and anthropologists are working to gather more information, including their identities.

"It is a little creepy, yeah," one resident told WCBS.

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"I think that's really cool," another resident said.

WCBS reports the vault was found mere steps away from an area that was used as a public burial ground after the Revolutionary War.

Excavators are still working to determine how significant the find is before construction on the water mains resumes. 

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