Joe Bagley (150)

City Archaeologist

Hello and welcome to the City Archaeology Program's website! As City Archaeologist, I manage the City of Boston's growing archaeological collections, strive to make the city's archaeology publicly accessible, and work to protect and preserve Boston's archaeological heritage. I invite you to explore the past with the City Archaeology Program!


Joe Bagley
City Archaeologist

As City Archaeologist, Joe Bagley curates the 31 and counting archaeological collections currently housed at the City Archaeology Laboratory at 201 Rivermoor St. in West Roxbury, 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.

Education and Experience

City Archaeologist Joe Bagley has been a professional archaeologist since 2002.

Joe received his Bachelors Degree in Archaeology from Boston University.  For his senior thesis, he worked at the City Archaeology Lab under the previous City Archaeologist, Ellen Berkland, to analyze the Native American artifacts found on Boston Common.

Joe completed his Master’s Degree in Historical Archaeology at UMass Boston.

With a decade of archaeological fieldwork on Native American and Historic archaeological sites throughout New England and years of dedicated research on the archaeology of Boston, Joe brings an expert knowledge of the entire human history of Boston to the City Archaeology Program.

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    Visit, Volunteer, or Research with the City Archaeology Program!

    There are numerous ways to get involved with the City Archaeology program: helping out on a dig, conducting a research program, or simply visiting the lab. Learn about current opportunities and review necessary requirements before contacting the City Archaeologist.

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    What Does a Dig Look Like?

    Go inside the 2013 survey of the Clough House, an 18th century home still standing in Boston's North End. See what artifacts were discovered by the City Archaeologist and his team of volunteers, then go see the items in person!

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