Touch the History on Governors Island

The Archaeological Dig is closed

In Uncategorized on July 19, 2009 at 5:25 pm

More than 5000 people visited this amazing site.

The Archaeological Team from Flanders at work on Governors Island, last spring.

The Archaeological Team from Flanders at work on Governors Island, last spring.

Time Schedule
Friday: 10.30 AM – 4 PM
Saturday and Sunday: 10.30 AM – 6 PM
Last entrance 45 min. prior to closing.

Tickets:   adults $5 –  children (3-12 years): $3
children (< 3 years) and surviving residents of the disappeared hamlet: Free

For directions to Governors Island and ferry schedule visit

In Uncategorized on July 19, 2009 at 5:16 pm

thearchaeologicaldig_flyer_DEF_72dpi_RGBVisit a fascinating archaeological dig. Step back in time and experience the history as you stroll through the partly excavated remains of a small hamlet, once evacuated in the early fifties. The oldest roots of the hamlet are some 400 years old and go back to the first settlements in Manhattan.

This winter, during demolition works on Governors Island in preparation for the site of the future park, contractors by accident discovered the remains of a disappeared hamlet. Archaeologists from Flanders (Belgium), examining the site, are amazed by their discoveries.

Until October 11th, the site is exclusively open to the public. A temporary exhibition with unique discoveries and historical information introduces the audience to the amazing Archaeological Dig.

“Many people have imagined the future for Governors Island, and we think it’s also wonderful to imagine the island’s past.”

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm

 … said Leslie Koch (President Governors Island Preservation and Education Company) on The Archaeological Dig in The New York Times

Some pictures of visitors on the archaeological site:

Some comments from the guestbook:

Fascinating and edifying historical treasure (09/20/09)

Goverthing shall forever live on in my heart and spirit (09/19/09)

Cool dig (09/18/09)

Great! Very interesting human stories. José emerges as a kind of tragic hero. Loved Josés gas station (09/18/09)

Glenn & Mike have now completed their world tour of snow globe manufacturing sites! Bravi to the archaeologists for this find (09/13/09)

Made my day and trip over to the island totally worthwile (09/12/09)

The joy of a child is the discovery of a unknown world beneath their foots (09/12/09)

We are so impressed! Just when I thought I couldn’t love Governors Island anymore than I did – Enter the discovery of Goverhting! Incredible! (09/12/09)

Fantastic preservation of an important historical time period in American history. Cheers to the Belgian team for sharing & revealing these important artefacts with the citizens of NYC. This is classic 50’s America! (09/10/09)