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Artifacts found at Banks construction site

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Archaeologists have been excavating a 45-square-foot area at the site of The Banks project in downtown Cincinnati.

The area formerly known as the northeaster corner of Race Street and Water Street has uncovered a partial wine glass, pig rib bone, old yard surfaces, building foundations, street curbs, coal chutes, bricks, ceramics and an 1880 penny.

Archaeologists from Gray & Pape, Inc will hold an archeological dig Thursday morning. The dig is a requirement of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) because the construction work involved will impact 19th century archaeological deposits buried underneath Parking Lot D. The dig site is part of a larger site which is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

The archaeological deposits can hopefully be linked to former inhabitants of the area, as well as their occupations.

The effort is made possible by a grant from the Ohio Historical Foundation.

The public is invited to view the archaeological site on Saturday, May 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be free parking in Lot D until 11:15 a.m.

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