The mystery of where Plymouth got its start Archeologists dig deep for evidence of original palisades ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff Every American schoolchild knows the story of the Pilgrims' settlement but not even historians know where that settlement stood. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff A team of archeologists is digging through the sand at the bottom of Burial Hill in the hopes of unlocking the mystery. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff The findings so far have been modest. Pictured: A small metal item at the site. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff The riddle is complicated by the way Plymouth grew out, each generation tearing down and burying the past. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff "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. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff If the team fails to make the big find this year, Landon said, they will continue next year. Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff "Hope springs eternal with each turn of the trowel."