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Archaelogists dig for ‘New Dublin’ near Boston

A Pre-Famine Irish shantytown dubbed New Dublin near Boston is set to shed new light on some of the first Irish emigrants to the US.

Archaeologists have begun a major dig at Lowell, Massachusetts, at the site of St Patrick's Church, which was built by Irish immigrants who worked on building canals in 1831. The original Irish settlement was called New Dublin.

It consisted of 100 cabins about seven to 10 feet tall, built of stone and rough boards, and included a schoolhouse with 150 children. When more Irish arrived, they built a wooden church and called it after St Patrick.

A rebuilt version of the original 1831 church remains with its grounds virtually untouched over the nearly 200 years since the settlement's founding.

Archaeologists plan to excavate the church lawn in search of clues about how its inhabitants lived.

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