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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.

201 Rivermoor Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132
Wednesday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Upcoming book events

Contact: Archaeology

This Preservation Month (May) and beyond, celebrate the launch of "Boston's Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them" through multiple online events. You can also learn about our previous publications:

Link to our Archaeology books and book events


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Inside a dig

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

Learn about our digs

News and announcements

fingers holding a cowrie shell with text overlay describing enslaved people in Boston

Black history is Boston history

Parks Department Commissioner Woods and Archaeology Program Team look into Ronan Park well

Update on the Ronan Park Well

City archaeologists taped an iPhone and five LED flashlights to a paint roller attached to a rope, and lowered the rig into the hole to record video.

City officials provide update on potential sinkhole in Dorchester park

Parks and Recreation
Part of either a brooch or pendant (BCL.0772.0002) found during the 1986-87 excavation of the Boston Common and is a great example of a classical revival motif popular during the 19th century. Part of either a brooch or pendant (BCL.0772.0002),

Notes from the trenches

Landmarks Commission
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