Many have seen the Statue of Liberty as a beacon welcoming people to America.  Did you know that it is also a site of archaeological significance? Archaeological digs have taken place on Liberty Island as well as Ellis Island to discover the islands’ past.  In 1985 restoration workers discovered a shell midden on Liberty Island.  From 1999 to 2000 National Park archaeologist William A. Griswold excavated the area.  He discovered layers that dated between 783 AD-1156 AD and cataloged over 9000 items.

For more information about archaeological significance of Liberty Island, visit its webpage.  For more information about the Statue of Liberty National Monument, visit its webpage.