Plymouth excavation unearth 30,000 artifacts

Published on August 17th, 2012 | by Admin


Over 30,000 artifacts dating back 1,000 years have been found during an excavation in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

An excavation this summer in a small shed and nearby grounds on North Street has yielded more than 30,000 artifacts dating back 1,000 years. But the prized finds have been the bits and pieces that “might point to an African origin and [dwellers’] desire to maintain a physical, spiritual, and ental connection with their origins,’’ said archeologist Craig Chartier.

Now the findings have to be compared with known slave sites in the United States before determining whether the shed, which is recorded in the online archives of the Massachusetts Historic Commission as “slave quarters,” is the second remaining slave home in the Northeast, joining the Isaac Royall House in Medford.

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