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Archeologists dig for Colonial history behind North End home

A North End team found glass shards and a gun flint, possibly from the Revolutionary War.
A North End team found glass shards and a gun flint, possibly from the Revolutionary War. Credit: Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

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The cramped backyard of a red-brick North End home, where a Boston Bruins banner hangs from a third-floor window, is a muddy, hole-pocked mess. Yellow police tape keeps the public at bay, although few tourists bothered with a second glance Tuesday on their way to Old North Church.

But this mess behind the 18th-century Clough House represents one of the best chances to unearth an untouched time capsule dating to Boston’s earliest days. And for city archeologist Joseph Bagley, he couldn’t be happier that the work is as down and dirty as it gets.

“This whole backyard was a trash dump,” Bagley said this week, smiling broadly as he walked the site. “And back in the day, I think the backyard would have been just disgusting.”

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