Dig at Malcolm X Home Turns Up Evidence of 1700s Settlement

Black Muslim leader Malcolm X is shown addressing rally in Harlem, New York on June 29, 1963. (AP Photo)

Black Muslim leader Malcolm X is shown addressing rally in Harlem, New York on June 29, 1963. (AP Photo)

BOSTON (AP) — An archaeological dig at the boyhood home of Malcolm X in Boston has turned up some surprising findings, but not necessarily related to the early life of the slain civil rights activist.

City archaeologist Joseph Bagley says researchers digging outside the two-and-a-half story home have found evidence of a settlement dating to the 1700s that they hadn’t expected to find there.

They’ve also found a small stone piece that may date to Native American tribes that once inhabited the city.

The two week dig began March 29. But bad weather, including nearly five inches of springtime snow, forced a stoppage. It’s now set to resume May 16.

The Dale Street home is the last surviving residence from the former Malcolm Little’s time as a teenager and young man living in Boston’s historically black Roxbury neighborhood during the 1940s.

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