Treasure trove of history found at SugarHouse site (PA)

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Under a tent on the grounds of the future SugarHouse Casino, archaeologists sift through buckets of debris, picking out and bagging the choicest broken bits.

Half a teacup. The neck of a blue bottle. A shard of thick brown pottery.

The artifacts come mostly from 18th-century brick privies, the colonial equivalent of Dumpsters.

But the items are practically newfangled compared with what the archaeologists have uncovered in a nearby plot about the size of a tennis court.

In the last month, they have found hundreds of relics left behind by people who lived along the Delaware River not 300 years ago, but 3,500. The cache, found in the southwest corner of the property, constitutes the largest single discovery of Native American artifacts in Philadelphia.

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