Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Bones Uncovered in Washington Square Park!
This is very exciting for a couple of reasons.
1. I live three blocks away from Washington Square Park. (Factor that in, Jin Ai!)
2. I've been telling people about the park's dark and dangerous history for years. (And I'm not always sure if they believe me.)
The bones were discovered on Monday near a men's restroom at the southern end of the park by workers testing the soil for utility lines. (Though anyone who dares enter a restroom in WSP risks being discovered in a similar fashion, these bones are believed to be quite old.)
According to this article, it appears the bones had been moved several times since they were originally buried. Neither this fact nor the find itself is at all surprising. As you may already know from the Kiki Strike books, Washington Square Park is the final resting place for thousands of plague victims who were buried there two centuries ago when the plot of land was used as a potter's field. Now that the park is being renovated, I would be very surprised if a few more skeletons aren't discovered.
If you go down to the park to check out the action, be sure not to miss the "hanging tree" at the south-west corner of the park. It was used for executions at the beginning of the 19th century!
UPDATE: More information from The New York Times!
(Below: What Washington Square Park will look like after renovations.)