Heap of skeletons found in centuries-old vault under NYC

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Heap of Skeletons Found in Centuries-Old Vault Under NYC

New York City workers upgrading underground water mains in Greenwich Village discovered an 8-foot-deep burial vault from the 19th century. A heap of skeletons from more than a dozen people were found, and archaeologists and anthropologists are working to gather more information, including their identities.

"It is a little creepy, yeah," one resident told WCBS.

"I think that's really cool," another resident said.

WCBS reports the vault was found mere steps away from an area that was used as a public burial ground after the Revolutionary War. Excavators are still working to determine how significant the find is before construction on the water mains resumes.

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Heap of skeletons found in centuries-old vault under NYC
A plywood wall surrounds the opening to an underground construction area, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York. Two burial vaults discovered beneath a street in the heart of New York University's campus by workers replacing a water main were likely part of an 18th century Presbyterian church cemetery, an archaeologist said Thursday. One of the roughly 15-by-18-foot crypts was clearly disturbed, with the skeletons and skulls of between 9 and 12 people pushed into a corner while more than a dozen stacked wooden coffins can be seen in the second one, according to the project's principal investigator. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: A man stands guard at a work site project for water mains where a vault containing a large pile of skeletal remains dating back approximately 200 years was discovered this week on November 5, 2015 in New York City. The discovery, made at New York City's Washington Square Park, contains the remains of at least a dozen people. The city will reach out to anthropologists and archaeologists to investigate the vault to determine its exact age and purpose. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Photo credit: NYC Department of Design and Construction
Photo credit: NYC Department of Design and Construction
This Nov. 3, 2015 photo provided by the New York City Department of Design and Construction shows human remains in a centuries-old burial vault beneath a street in New York's Greenwich Village neighborhood, according to anthropologists and archeologists. Two vaults were discovered by workers replacing a water main in the heart of New York University's campus. One of the roughly 15-by-18-foot crypts contained skeletons and skulls of between 9 and 12 people pushed into a corner while more than a dozen stacked wooden coffins can be seen in the second one. (New York City Department of Design and Construction via AP)
A construction worker holds a stop sign in front of an excavated area on the edge of Washington Square Park, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 in New York. Two burial vaults discovered beneath a street in the heart of New York University's campus by workers replacing a water main were likely part of an 18th century Presbyterian church cemetery, an archaeologist said Thursday. One of the roughly 15-by-18-foot crypts was clearly disturbed, with the skeletons and skulls of between 9 and 12 people pushed into a corner while more than a dozen stacked wooden coffins can be seen in the second one, according to the project's principal investigator. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Wooden boards stick up from a work site project for water mains where a vault containing a large pile of skeletal remains dating back approximately 200 years was discovered this week on November 5, 2015 in New York City. The discovery, made at New York City's Washington Square Park, contains the remains of at least a dozen people. The city will reach out to anthropologists and archaeologists to investigate the vault to determine its exact age and purpose. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Pedestrians pass a work site project for water mains where a vault containing a large pile of skeletal remains dating back approximately 200 years was discovered this week on November 5, 2015 in New York City. The discovery, made at New York City's Washington Square Park, contains the remains of at least a dozen people. The city will reach out to anthropologists and archaeologists to investigate the vault to determine its exact age and purpose. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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