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Stone Sculpture Unearthed in Brooklyn

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

(Historical Perspectives, Inc.)BROOKLYN, NEW YORK—Archaeologists uncovered a 400-pound statue of a nude woman’s torso while excavating a layer of architectural demolition fill in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Named “Ginger,” for the spice warehouses that stood in the neighborhood in the nineteenth century, she sports a wavy hairstyle that had at one time been painted green. Ginger may have belonged to a house and outbuilding that was demolished in 1939, since she is probably too heavy to have been transported to the landfill site. The archaeologists at Historical Perspectives, Inc., are interested in hearing from anyone who may know something about “Ginger.”