- Associated Press - Saturday, May 20, 2017

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Officials uncovered thousands of artifacts dating back to the 18th century while preparing for a construction project in Hampton Roads.

The Virginia Department of Transportation said in a video posted this week that roughly 20,000 items nearly 300 years old were found during preparation for the Interstate 64/Interstate 264 interchange project.

The items include pipes, pots, buttons and bowls. Part of one broken punchbowl says: “Success to all English privateers.”

Local news media outlets report that a team from the College of William & Mary Center for Archaeological Research Center worked for months at the site.

Transportation officials tell media outlets that the items will go back to the land owner, Coastal Virginia Church.

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