My blog is dedicated to the exploration of industrial hemp in America including the rich history of all forms of cannabis, the evolving law and politics of hemp and marijuana, the many products made from cannabis and the capacity, real or imagined, of hemp to re-industrialize rural America and revitalize the American family farm.
Monday, June 13, 2016
HEMP DISCOVERED IN EXTREMELY RARE SHIPWRECK BENEATH BOSTON
Hemp fiber was one of the primary things archaeologists found this week when they examined remains from a ship that sunk sometime during the 1800s.
The sunken ship was accidentally discovered by a construction crew working in Boston.
While digging at the site, the team noticed something unusual buried in the Seaport District of Boston.
They immediately stopped working and called in experts.
It turns out that what they found was a 50-foot long ship from the mid- to late-19th century that had somehow sunk. As the city continued to grow over the years, the ship had been buried and forgotten.
“Nothing like this has been found in Boston, in the filled-in ground, before,” said City of Boston archeologist Joe Bagley.
“This is incredibly rare and incredibly amazing.”
Experts think the ship was used to haul lime.
Back in the 1800s lime was used to make paper and in various construction projects.
But lime could also be the reason the ship sunk. That’s because when lime comes into contact with water it can sometimes cause fires.
Archeologists who were excavating the shipwreck were excited to discover that there was still cargo on board.
So far they’ve dug up a fork, a stack of dishes, remains of barrels, hemp fiber, and more.