Touch the History on Governors Island

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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.


In Uncategorized on July 13, 2009 at 9:12 am

The presentation of The Archaeological Dig was made possible through generous funds from Flanders House, the new cultural forum of Flanders (Belgium) in the United States ( and the New Island Festival ( Additional funding was made possible by the Flemish Community, the City of Antwerp, JetAirways and G.I.P.E.C. ( 

The archaeological team is led by prof. Luc d’Hoe (University of Louvain, Belgium). The temporary exhibition accompanying the excavation is designed and constructed by Compagnie KAiET! with technical support of the National Park Service.