- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thousands of Revolutionary War artifacts have been unearthed in downtown Manhattan, due to recent utility digs to install new piping in spots of New York City.

Among the finds: a copper half-penny; a pair of children’s shoes; an 18th century bone toothbrush with animal hair bristles; and centuries-old wine and champagne bottles, NBC reported.

Just last week, utility workers found more than 100 liquor bottles, DNAinfo.com reported.

“You never know what you’ll find right underneath your feet in this city,” archaeologist Alyssa Loorya, whose firm is overseeing the downtown dig, told NBC. “Finding the bits and pieces that were actually used by the people in the past makes New York City’s history real. George Washington lived right near here.”

The dig is part of a $40 million project that is expected to wrap this December. About $200,000 of that is going toward the archeological work, NBC reported.