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We promote and preserve Boston's many archaeological resources.

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.

201 Rivermoor Street
West Roxbury, MA 02132
United States
Wednesday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Archaeological digs

Archaeological digs
Seaport shipwreck as found in May 2016
Seaport shipwreck

The remains of a 19th-century lime schooner were discovered during construction at 121 Seaport Boulevard in May 2016.

18th century german westerwald stoneware from the Clough House with heart motif
Clough House

The Clough House, owned by the Old North Church Association, is located at 21 Unity Street in Boston's North End. 

Volunteers excavating at Charlestown's Training Field park
Training Field Charlestown

The historic Training Field has been an active participant in Charlestown’s history since the 17thcentury.

Clough House Artifact Catalog

Inside a dig

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

News and announcements

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

Walk the Freedom Trail
Apr 12

City Archaeologist releases new book on Boston Archaeology and History

Malcolm X House
Mar 29

Mayor Walsh announces community dig at Malcolm X House


Meet the City archaeologist

City archaeologist