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.
The extensive collections in the City Archaeology Lab include Boston's oldest artifact, a 7500 year old spear point found on Boston Common, as well as artifacts from archaeological digs at the Three Cranes Tavern, which was burned by British Troops during the Battle of Bunker Hill; Paul Revere's House; and Faneuil Hall, just to name a few.
The City Archaeologist manages the City of Boston's growing archaeological collections, strives to make the city's archaeology publicly accessible, and works to protect and preserve Boston's archaeological heritage.
Archaeology is alive in the City of Boston, and you can be a part of it. Explore this website to learn more about the City Archaeology Program, its archaeological collections, and ways to get involved.