Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Structure Initially Thought to Be Possible Halifax Tunnel Just a Sewer Pipe

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Structure Initially Thought to Be Possible Halifax Tunnel Just a Sewer Pipe

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Unearthed structure is sewer pipe, not tunnel

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HALIFAX - Construction workers in Halifax created a stir on social media when they uncovered a piece of infrastructure dating back to the 1800s, stoking speculation they had finally found a fabled underground tunnel network.

Archaeologist Laura de Boer and her crew were working on a downtown streetscape project when someone unearthed the structure, took a photo of it and said it was part of a tunnel.

The discovery on Argyle Street fuelled excited conversation online that it was the entrance to a fabled underground tunnel network, an idea that has tantalized Nova Scotians for decades.

In the end, the structure turned out to be a manhole estimated to be built in the late 19th century and used to access storm water and a sewer line.

An excavator dredged up the line and tiny pieces of artifacts were discovered, including a Wedgewood saucer thought to be made sometime between 1854 and 1860. …

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