J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Archaeology Office Open House

The City of Boston Archaeology Laboratory has announced that it will have an Open House on Friday, 1 October, from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. That day kicks off Massachusetts Archaeology Month, and the announcement notes another milestone:

After all the digging is done, come see where the artifacts are processed and catalogued. The Archaeology Lab is home to millions of artifacts that illuminate Boston’s history. Please stop by to see the collections and thank Boston’s City Archaeologist, Ellen Berkland, on her fifteen years of dedicated service…and congratulate her as she moves on to her new position as Staff Archaeologist with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Here’s a 2004 interview with Berkland, and here are recordings of her presentations on the Forum Network. And click on the photo above to go to a Boston University article about urban archeology.

The Archaeology Lab is at 152 North Street in the North End, in the basement of the “brick, gold-domed building between the entrance to the Callahan Tunnel and the exit of the Sumner Tunnel.”


RSA Course said...

That's neat, I'll actually be in Boston next week so I'll check it out :)

Anonymous said...

Perhaps this artifact is from the "Washington Pooped Here"exhibit?

J. L. Bell said...

Somebody used that eighteenth-century chamber pot, to be sure. But the odds are high against the general.