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Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff
Every American schoolchild knows the story of the Pilgrims' settlement but not even historians know where that settlement stood.
A team of archeologists is digging through the sand at the bottom of Burial Hill in the hopes of unlocking the mystery.
The findings so far have been modest. Pictured: A small metal item at the site.
The riddle is complicated by the way Plymouth grew out, each generation tearing down and burying the past.
"If we could find the remains of the original settlement it would be a huge find," said David B. Landon, who is leading the dig.
If the team fails to make the big find this year, Landon said, they will continue next year.
"Hope springs eternal with each turn of the trowel."
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