Artifacts uncovered in Old North Church garden

BOSTON (AP) - Archaeologists have uncovered historic items in a garden of Boston’s oldest surviving church building.

City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley said Friday the trove of artifacts from the Old North Church provide a snapshot of the lives of European immigrants in Boston’s North End during the 1800s.

The items include pieces of ceramic pottery, children’s toys, tobacco pipes and religious figurines.

The finds are from a two-week survey of the church’s Washington Garden this summer. Church organizers hope to turn the garden into an outdoor classroom.

Old North Church was where colonists sent the “one if by land, two if by sea” lantern signal that launched Paul Revere on his midnight ride to warn the colonial army of the approaching British forces in 1775.

Archaeologists last dug around the church in 2013.

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