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Possible Location of Pilgrim Meeting House Found

Monday, February 04, 2013

DUXBURY, MASSACHUSETTS—A ground-penetrating radar scan has revealed trenches that could be part of the First Meeting House in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Built in 1634 by Pilgrims who moved away from the original settlement and did not want to travel back to Plymouth for required Sunday worship, the structure was located in the center of their new community. “These soil trenches appear to occur in an E-pattern that could be interpreted as the remains of foundation sill trenches associated with a structure,” said Craig Chartier of the Plymouth Archaeological Recovery Project. Potential grave sites were also found near the site.