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Archaeology

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.

Archaeology
Contact
201 Rivermoor Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132
United States
VISITS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Wednesday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Archaeology Update

Find out about new discoveries and hear about the latest volunteer opportunities.

Inside a dig

Take a look at how the City Archaeologist conducts a dig — from start to finish.

News and announcements

Landing of British regular troops on Boston in 1768 artwork
Oct 2

Boston Tourism partners to re-enact 1768 landing of British Redcoats in Boston

Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment
The letter 'B' spelled out in soil
Mar 28

Uncovering Boston's past

Digital Team
Artifact from the Dig Conducted at Old North Church
Sep 16

City of Boston archaeologist discovers trove of artifacts at Old North Church

Mayor's Office
Picture of Old North Church
Jun 20

Mayor Walsh announces archaeological survey at Old North Church

Archaeology
More Archaeology news

Meet the City archaeologist

City archaeologist