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Students dig beneath Newport coffee shop to find history

October 8, 2018

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Archaeology students in Newport spent their weekend excavating beneath a local coffee shop to unearth possible artifacts.

Salve Regina University Assistant Professor Jon Marcoux brought students from his introductory course class to Empire Tea & Coffee Saturday to dig in the dirt-floor area underneath the coffee shop. The Newport Daily News reports building owner Paul Tobak found remnants of a former dwelling in the basement area in 2016 — sparking Marcoux’s interest in the site.

Salve Regina University sophomore Amy Veron says students found iron and glass while carefully excavating the site and transporting buckets of dirt to a sifting area.

Marcoux says he plans more excavations this month, and says he would like to work with the university’s historic preservation department to understand the history of the site.

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Information from: The Newport Daily News.

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