The history of Philly commerce is emerging from underground along the Delaware River

Before the Durst development corporation could start building a 25-floor apartment tower on the Philadelphia waterfront at Vine Street, what will be the tallest structure along the river, it first had to give the plot of land over to a team of archeologists.

The land at 300 N. Columbus Boulevard is a known historic site, where some of the first shipping wharfs were built some 300 years ago. But since 1969 it has been paved over as a parking lot.

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