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The Future of our Past, A Vision for Boston Archaeology

  • Old State House 206 Washington Street Boston, MA, 02109 United States (map)

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.

About the City Archaeology 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.

Joe has conducted archaeological surveys from the woods of Maine to the Florida Everglades.  He specializes in both Native American and Historical archaeological analysis and the archaeology of Boston.  

In 2016 he was awarded the John L. Cotter Award from the Society for Historical Archaeology for early career achievements.  He lives in the Lower Mills neighborhood of Dorchester with his wife, Jen, and their dog, Jack.

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