Archeologists say they’ve found the remains of a man who was buried with his family in the city’s ancient heartland.
The New York Public Library and Museum said Wednesday that the man’s body was found in an unmarked grave on May 2, 1847 in the City of Brotherly Love.
The New York State Medical Examiner’s Office later ruled the death a homicide, but that ruling wasn’t clear at the time.
The remains of the man were discovered in a shallow grave about three feet below ground in a park in the West Village, the New York Times reported.
The city was a haven for people of the time and had many different cultures.
Archaeologists said they’ve been able to tell by the location where the grave was located that it was the site of a burial ground.
“This is a very important discovery,” museum director Paul Schechter said in a statement.
“We are not quite sure how he was buried in the cemetery, but we have learned a lot from digging up the grave.”