Below the Surface

Below the Surface

Every item found at the bottom of a river that had been excavated in Amsterdam — archived online. One of the coolest websites I’ve seen for a while.

The excavations in the Amstel yielded a deluge of finds, some 700,000 in all: a vast array of objects, some broken, some whole, all jumbled together. Damrak and Rokin proved to be extremely rich sites on account of the waste that had been dumped in the river for centuries and the objects accidentally lost in the water. The enormous quantity, great variety and everyday nature of these material remains make them rare sources of urban history.

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