1740s house structure found in Yorktown

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YORKTOWN -- Six feet beneath the grassy lawn outside the circa 1720 Custom House, archaeologists have stumbled upon one of this old colonial port's most deeply buried secrets.

Tracing the path for a new drain line, the scientists knew they might encounter the foundations of the historic Ambler House, which was constructed in the 1740s and destroyed during the Civil War. But no one expected to find the kind of complex structure that has emerged since the first brick foundations began to appear at the bottom of a 4-foot-wide trench late last year.

Uncovered by a team from the James River Institute for Archaeology, the architectural features include not only the east walls of the main house and a large rear addition but also evidence of a covered passageway that connected the dwelling with the Custom House next door.

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