The city of Boston is literally digging its Chinatown.
Mayor Marty Walsh says city archaeologist Joe Bagley has launched the first historical excavations in the neighborhood.
Bagley says he expects the dig to turn up artifacts that will shed new light on immigrants not only from China but also from Syria, Ireland and England who sought a new life in Boston from 1840 to 1980. Work began Monday at a vacant lot near the ornate gate to the colorful neighborhood. It's expected to continue until early autumn.
Walsh says the dig makes sense because Boston is a city of immigrants, "and this is an important piece of Boston's history."
Over the years, Boston has unearthed hundreds of archaeological sites.