A mysterious underground vault has been discovered on the grounds of the Nova Scotia Legislative Assembly in Canada.
The CBC reports that the salon-sized stone room was found last summer during a renovation project for the Province House gardens in Halifax. The experts could not enter the safe but used remote cameras to peek inside.
Ceramic objects and a sandstone bottle were found on the vaulted roof of the structure.
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The reason why the mysterious room was used is unclear, even though experts believe that this piece has already been used for military purposes.
"The room was not fully explored during the revitalization project, although its construction and dimensions suggest that it could have functioned as a powder keg, perhaps during the construction of Province House in 1811". -1819 ", said April MacIntyre, archaeologist and senior researcher of the project. in a report to the officials. "The artifacts on the feature film date from the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century, suggesting that it was exposed and / or constructed during this period."
"The visual inspection inside the chamber revealed an underground element with stone walls measuring about 6 meters [19.7 feet] north-south of 4 meters [13.1 feet] east-west and about 3 meters [9.8 feet] high above the silt that has accumulated on the ground of functionality, "she added.
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The structure resembles an underground gunpowder depot built by the British Army in Fort Anne, Nova Scotia in the late 1790s, according to MacIntyre, president of Davis MacIntyre & Associates.
Officials are reviewing the report.
"Nova Scotia is home to an extensive collection of artifacts that reflect the incredible diversity of our province's unique culture and heritage," said Leo Glavine, Nova Scotia Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. in a statement sent to Fox News. "The discovery at Province House is certainly exciting. Currently, staff from the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage is in the early stages of reviewing the archeology report and it is too early to determine next steps. "
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Other artefacts recovered from the site will be donated to the Nova Scotia Museum, Glavine added.
Province House, Canada's oldest legislative building, is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. A fine example of Palladian architecture, the building also bears a striking resemblance to the original White House, according to officials.
Other famous sites have revealed their secrets. Last year, a series of mysterious halls was first discovered in 250 years at Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, in Oxfordshire, UK. These rooms are part of a "lost" ground floor located in the Grand Bridge site. Flooded when water levels were raised to create lakes in the 18th century, the rooms were rediscovered thanks to a massive dredging effort to eliminate silt from the lakes.
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Also in 2018, a mysterious network of tunnels appeared under the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida. One theory suggests that tunnels have been used by smugglers and smugglers of the era of Prohibition.
Historic tunnels can be found in a number of North American cities, such as the Cobble Hill Tunnel in Brooklyn. Built in 1844, the huge tunnel under a busy Brooklyn street has been described as the oldest subway tunnel in the world.
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In Canada, a network of early twentieth-century distribution tunnels under the city of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, was used as a refuge by Chinese immigrants and smugglers in the 1920s. Some anecdotes even connect Al Capone to tunnels although it is not proven that the famous gangster visited Moose Jaw.
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