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We promote and preserve Boston's many archaeological resources through curation, excavation, and education.

The City Archaeology Program was founded in 1983 to protect Boston's irreplaceable archaeological resources. Boston has hundreds of known archaeological sites within the City's borders. Our City archaeologist, Joe Bagley, curates the archaeological collections at the City’s Archaeology Laboratory. He acts as the review and compliance agent for below-ground cultural resources in the City. Bagley also educates the public in archaeology through a number of City programs, and manages Rainsford Island, one of the City’s most important historical holdings.

Please make an appointment if you plan to meet with us. Learn more about our lab's location at 201 Rivermoor Street.


Archaeological digs

Boston Common
Archaeologists have conducted archaeological digs on Boston Common for decades, unearthing thousands of years of Boston history
Boston Latin School
Archaeologists surveyed the front yard of Old City Hall to find evidence of the 1635 Boston Latin School.
Chinatown - 6 Hudson Street
Archaeological dig at 6 Hudson Street, former site of Ruby Foo's Den
Endicott Street Brothel
Archaeologists in the 1990s excavating ahead of the "Big Dig" uncovered the privy of a mid-19th century brothel in the North End.
Clough House
The Clough House, owned by the Old North Church Association, is located at 21 Unity Street in Boston's North End.
Malcolm X House
Archaeologists conducted a survey at the landmark-designated Malcolm X- Ella Little-Collins House.
Paul Revere House & Lathrop Place Archaeological Sites
Archaeologists surveyed the yard of the ca. 1680 Paul Revere House and 5 & 6 Lathrop Place, two 1835 row houses on what was once the back of the Revere property.
Old North Crypt
Archaeologists conducted a dig in the crypt at Old North Church in the North End.
Seaport shipwreck
The remains of a 19th-century lime schooner were discovered during construction at 121 Seaport Boulevard in May 2016.
Training Field Charlestown
The historic Training Field has been an active participant in Charlestown’s history since the 17th century.
Brook Farm Archaeological Site
Brook Farm has been home to Boston history for over 5,000 years, from Native sites to a Utopian transcendentalist community.
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