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What's the Oldest Thing You've Ever Found?

David K. Israel
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I used to live in SoHo, in a pre-war (Civil War!) basement apt. One day I was patching a hole in the wall when I found this penny from 1832. I felt like I'd taken a trip in a time machine, back to when Andrew Jackson was re-elected president, when the Greek War of Independence ended. It was a real special kind of feeling.

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What's the oldest thing you've ever found? How'd you find it?

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