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Digging For Irish History In Lowell

LOWELL (CBS) – The search for relics of the lives of Massachusetts’ original Irish immigrants has taken teams from UMass Lowell and Queens University-Belfast to the front lawn of St. Patrick’s Parish in Lowell.

It was the site of a “shanty town” in the 19th century, and has already yielded a few gems from the past.

St. Patrick’s historian Dave McKean says a dig there last year uncovered more than 1300 artifacts.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Queens University archeologist Colm Donnelly says in two weeks, the teams will travel to Ireland to dig at a related site.

The artifacts will eventually be displayed by UMass Lowell to tell the story of the Irish settlers’ daily lives.

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