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Boston's Old North Church Site Of New Archaeological Survey

BOSTON (AP) — Boston's famed Old North Church is the latest site of an archaeological survey designed to get a better sense of daily life going back to the city's colonial past.

The City of Boston's Archaeology Program is leading the two-week survey, which continues through Friday.

The dig is exploring the buildings' backyards and privies, or outhouses, which can be critical to discovering historical artifacts.

The church's steeple played a pivotal role in the American Revolution when lanterns were hung to signal the approach of the British, giving rise to the phrase: "One if by land, and two if by sea."

More than 40,000 artifacts dating back 300 years were recovered during a 2013 survey near the church.

Live updates will be posted on the Boston Archaeology Program's social media accounts.

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