The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has commissioned an archaeological dig on the corner of Vine Street and Columbus Boulevard. This excavation will determine if anything remains of the West Shipyard, a 17th century wharf where its namesake, James West built and repaired sailing vessels from as early as 1676.
“One of the first things the archaeologists will expose is part of a bulkhead that was uncovered in the 1987 study of the northern portion of the site. This will allow visitors to understand where Philadelphia’s historic shoreline was, as well as allow the archaeologists to see how the previously uncovered areas have been preserved since 1987.”
The dig begins on Monday, July 16, but will not be open to the public until Wednesday, July 18.
Visitors are encouraged to visit the site during tour hours on Wednesday, July 18, from 1p.m. – 3p.m., Thursday, July 19, from 10a.m. – 12p.m., and on Friday, July 20, from 1p.m. – 3p.m.