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The Future of our Past, A Vision for Boston Archaeology

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Old State House

206 Washington Street

Boston, MA 02109

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Join Joe Bagley, Boston's City Archaeologist, as he presents his bold visions for the future of Boston's City Archaeology Program. Founded in 1983, the Program has experienced recent rapid growth thanks to a robust social media presence and an engaged Boston public. Joe will discuss goals in public education partnerships, lab expansion plans, digital archaeology initiatives, and many other topics. A discussion will follow with feedback encouraged.


Unfortunately the event venue is not wheelchair accessible and an ASL interpreter will not be provided for this event. A gender neutral bathroom will be available on the second floor.


About the City Archeology Program

The City Archaeology Program was founded 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.


About the Speaker

Joe Bagley joined the City Archaeology Program in 2011 as the fourth City Archaeologist since 1983. Bagley curates a growing repository of 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, manages Rainsford Island, and manages the Archaeology Programs social media platforms.

Joe received his Bachelor's Degree in Archaeology from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Historical Archaeology from UMass Boston. While a senior at BU he worked at the City Archaeology Lab under the previous City Archaeologist, Ellen Berkland, to analyze the Native American artifacts excavated by former City Archaeologist, Steven Pendery, on Boston Common.

About the Bostonian Society

The Bostonian Society is dedicated to explaining, studying, and preserving Boston’s uniquely important history, embodied in materials, records, and structures such as the Old State House, and in sharing an understanding of the revolutionary ideas born here. Since 1881, the Bostonian Society has been the caretaker of the Old State House, the birthplace of the American Revolution in Boston.

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