Trove of 19th cent. artefacts found during construction

Construction workers at Bob Scott Retirement Village, Lower Hutt’s Petone on North Island, New Zealand, found a large trove of 19th century artefacts. The area is located on the site of the former Petone College.

Finds from the site (by The Dominion Post)

Items uncovered included part of a gas lantern, a horseshoe and lots of old bottles, including one for lung powder. As well as  the bottles, parts of teapots, ceramic and china, there was also a wheel thought to be from a Model T Ford and various blacksmith tools. The items were discovered on the river bed by a mechanical digger in an area being most likely once a rubbish dump. According to archaeologists some of the bottles looked to be from the mid-19th century and many were local to the Wellington region.

Men who made the discovery (by The Dominion Post)

(after The Dominion Post)

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