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Thousands of artifacts found during historic home renovation

A Maryland couple has unearthed thousands of artifacts during renovations of their historic home.

The Kent Island couple began unearthing artifacts almost as soon as a construction company tore out their old kitchen a month ago. In the dirt under what used to be the floor were parts of old shoes, part of a pipe, bones from a wild boar and other animals, oyster shells, bells, bottles and many pieces of pottery.

For now, the artifacts, most still covered in a thin layer of dirt, are being held in bins.

The Leeses knew their home was historic, dating back to the mid-18th century and featuring the same kind of brickwork common at London Town in Edgewater, but just how historic remains to be seen. An archaeologist and a team of volunteers began an extensive examination of the site this weekend.

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