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.
Uncovering Boston's history
Watch: Rare find at the Pierce-Hichborn site
An artifact with King William III's face on it found during a dig in the North End.
Watch: 300-year-old gravestone found
Hear the story of a 300-year-old gravestone found during a construction project in Boston.
More videos from Boston Uncovered
We launched a video series highlighting Boston's 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
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.
Old North Crypt
Archaeologists conducted a dig in the crypt at Old North Church in the North End.
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.
Inside a dig
Take a look at how the City Archaeologist conducts a dig — from start to finish.