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Archaeologists examine the remains of a wooden ship found at the World Trade Center site. Photo courtesy the Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times.
Friday, Jul 30, 2010 Updated at 2:19 PM EDT
The Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory near the Chesapeake Bay specializes in the treatment of shipwrecks.
"Our conservators have a great deal of experience with recovering and conserving waterlogged timbers, such as those found at the World Trade Center," said Nichole Doub, the MAC's head conservator, in a statement to the Baltimore Sun.
The team wrapped the timbers individually and shipped them to St. Leonard, Md., to be reassembled.
Lab officials said Thursday the conservation work will begin as soon as possible, the Associated Press reported.
Historians believe the ship had been junked when it was used around 1810 as landfill to extend the shores of lower Manhattan.
The exact age of the ship will be determined by lab analysis.