Trove of 200-year old immigrants’ personal belongings

A trove of artefacts was discovered in Boston, north-eastern USA, during excavations at Old North Church. Archaeologists have found items revealing a snapshot of English, Irish, Jewish and Italian immigrant life in the second half of 19th century.

Pipe discovered among numerous artefacts (by WCVB)
Pipe discovered among numerous artefacts (by WCVB)

The objects were discovered in an area used as a a toilet or for waste disposal, called a privy. Among the artefacts ceramic pottery, wooden clothespins, animal bones, religious figurines, medicine bottles, toys, and a clay tobacco pipe were discovered. The pipe is ornamented with an Irish shamrock design. The artefacts are dated to the mid- to late 1800s.

(after WCVB)

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