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Florida road crew unearths unusual find from 1800s in highway

Road crews found an intact, centuries-old shipwreck embedded in a Florida highway during routine construction work earlier this month.

The 20-foot-long artifact, believed to date back to the 1800s, was buried under about eight to 10 feet of sediment near the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine and was so well persevered that crews found a left leather boot.

“We believe the vessel may have sank unexpectedly and, over time, was silted in,” Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 2 Secretary Greg Evans said.

“That is why it was preserved so well. It was encapsulated in soil and mud, so there was no air contact for it to decay. It’s truly an incredible find.”

“With every project we undertake, the Florida Department of Transportation is sensitive to the unique needs of the communities we serve, including the potential presence of historical sites and artifacts within construction sites,” Evans said in a statement.

“We look forward to learning more about its significance to the region.”

Chris Eberhart is a crime and US news reporter for Fox News Digital. Email tips to or on Twitter @ChrisEberhart48.


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