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City Archaeologist releases new book on Boston Archaeology and History

All proceeds from "A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts" will go to City Archaeology Program.

BOSTON - Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - The City of Boston today announced the release of "A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts", written by City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley. The book will be launched at Faneuil Hall's Great Hall at 6 p.m. today.

"The City of Boston has a rich history that is brought back to life by the discovery of artifacts and mementos from our past," said Mayor Walsh. "I congratulate Joe on this great accomplishment and thank him for his commitment to giving back to the city's archaeology department."

The book features 50 artifacts excavated from archaeological sites throughout Boston and traces over 12,000 years of human history in Boston. It takes a unique approach to Boston's historical past by surfacing untold stories of everyday Bostonians, including an illegal 17th century bowling ball from a puritan women's outhouse, Native American stone tools from Boston Common, and musket balls from the Siege of Boston.

"I'm extremely excited to see these artifacts appreciated by the general public, and I hope the people of Boston better understand the contributions archaeology can make to history," said Bagley.

All of the proceeds from book sales will go to funding the City's Archaeology Program, which offers many services to Boston residents and visitors. The Archaeology Program oversees regulation of archaeological sites, excavations on City-owned properties, the operation of Boston's Archaeology Laboratory in West Roxbury, and numerous educational events throughout the year. It was first established in 1983.

For a first look at the artifacts featured in "A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts", residents, visitors, and press are encouraged to attend the premiere launch event today. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

  • WHAT: "A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts" book release event
  • WHERE: Great Hall at Faneuil Hall, Boston, MA
  • WHEN: Tuesday, April 12th at 6:00 pm
  • WHO: City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley
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    Contact the Mayor's Press Office 617-635-4461.

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