The City Archaeology Program was founded in 1983 to protect Boston's irreplaceable archaeological resources. Boston is the "City of Archaeology," with hundreds of known archaeological sites within the city's borders. These archaeological sites record the Native American history of Shawmut, the name of the place we now call Boston, and tell the story of the founding of our nation.
Our City Archaeologist, Joe Bagley, curates the archaeological collections at the City’s Archaeology Laboratory, acts as the review and compliance agent for below-ground cultural resources in the city, 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.
Thursday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
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The remains of a 19th-century lime schooner were discovered during construction at 121 Seaport Boulevard in May 2016.
The Clough House, owned by the Old North Church Association, is located at 21 Unity Street in Boston's North End.
The historic Training Field has been an active participant in Charlestown’s history since the 17thcentury.