City of Boston Archaeology Program

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.

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.

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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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    Learn more about the City Laboratory

    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.

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    Who is the City Archaeologist?

    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.

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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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