Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants Alyssa Loorya Interviews with WFUV

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Company's Owner and Principal Investigator Speaks about What’s Below the City’s Surface

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I love seeing how New York City was built.

Alyssa Loorya was recently interviewed by WFUV on its Cityscape program. The owner and principal investigator of Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants spoke with George Bodarky for a little more than 10 minutes about the fascinating things that exist just beneath New York City’s surface.

Some of the more interesting items that she recently found include wooden water pipes used by the Manhattan Water Company in the South Street Seaport area. These hollowed out tree logs were utilized in the early 1800s before they were replaced by cast iron pipes dating back to the Civil War era. Stone wells have also been found in the area.

"I love seeing how New York City was built," Loorya said when asked what she enjoys about archaeology. One of the things that she mentioned was how much she enjoys discovering things like the miles of tunnels and infrastructure below the streets and sidewalks that help tell the city's story.

During the interview, Loorya also described finding buttons from the Battle of Brooklyn that were discovered under that city’s streets. Finding out what people discarded hundreds of years ago can tell a lot about what society was like in the area at that time.

An archived version of this interview may be found at It begins 19 minutes into the broadcast.

About Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants:

Chrysalis Archaeological Consultants provides Cultural Resource Management services to clients located throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. The organization’s archaeological and architectural services are done with the intent of meeting all federal, state and local regulatory compliance needs. The company is based in Brooklyn, N.Y., with a regional office located in Providence, R.I. Visit their website:

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