Did you happen to lose something in the Amstel River? Say within the past 500 years?


Did you accidentally drop your Bolta-Hardrubber comb into the river? They found it.

Or your red Pocketline Swing HD1 mobile telephone? They found that too.

Or your keychain? Yup. They found it.

As part of the construction of the North/South metro line in Amsterdam, engineers drained the historic river, and archaeologists cataloged the objects found at Damrak¹ and Rokin.

You can see the results at belowthesurface.amsterdam (English version).

Even the radioactive toothpaste.

Arranged chronologically. Arranged by object type, including a tour of notable objects.

h/t Metafilter.

¹ Not to be confused with Darmok, which is something else entirely.

Comments (1)
  1. Steve says:

    I’ve spent far too much time over the past 24 hours looking through all that stuff, fascinating (and nicely laid out by whoever did the website).

    The fact that archaeologists are now starting to catalogue mobile phones made me feel really old …

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