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Digging Up The Past At First Church In Roxbury10:11
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First Church in Roxbury (Jamie Bologna/WBUR)
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The First Church in Roxbury sits on a beautiful 3-acre site lined with blooming trees and green lawns.

It's home of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry in the heart of the vibrant, thriving neighborhood off Malcolm X Boulevard.

It was also once on the outskirts of a Native American village.

City archaeologist Joe Bagley and a team of volunteers are excavating the site for clues about the people who lived there and passed through.

They're finding a host of artifacts in their digs — some that may date back more than 3,000 years.

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Joe Bagley, Boston city archaeologist. He tweets @BostonArchaeo.

Boston city archaeologist shows off Native American flakes found on the grounds of First Church. (Jamie Bologna/WBUR)
Boston city archaeologist shows off Native American flakes found on the grounds of First Church. (Jamie Bologna/WBUR)
Lauryn Poe, Joe Bagley, and Charlie Deknatel at the dig site. (Jamie Bologna/WBUR)
Lauryn Poe, Joe Bagley, and Charlie Deknatel at the dig site. (Jamie Bologna/WBUR)

This segment aired on May 23, 2019.

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