Students Dig for History this Week

08/16/2010
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  Students Excavate Irish Settlement in Lowell

  Tuesday, Aug. 17 through Thursday, Aug. 19
  1 to 3 p.m.

WHAT: Six UMass Lowell students will excavate the site of an early 19th-century Irish settlement at St. Patrick’s Church in Lowell.

Led by visiting archaeologists from Queen’s University in Ireland, the students will dig two trenches in front of the church, space that is believed to be untouched since Irish immigrants lived on the land in the 1800s while building the canals.

The excavation team expects to find items such as clay pipes, dishware and hearth remnants that will provide clues about the lives of the Irish who emigrated to Lowell looking for work during the Great Famine in Ireland.

 People available for interviews on site include:

  • UMass Lowell students from Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Methuen and Tyngsboro;
  • Frank Talty, co-director of the UMass Lowell Center for Irish Partnerships;
  • David McKean, St. Patrick’s Church archivist;
  • Colm Donnelly, Queen’s University archeologist

WHERE:  St. Patrick’s Church, 282 Suffolk St., Lowell