Historical dig takes place in Boston Common

by Katherine Burns / Beacon Staff • October 22, 2015

On Monday, archaeologists from the Public Archaeology Laboratory in Rhode Island began a dig in Boston Common, between the gazebo and the Boylston Street MBTA station.

Archaeologists Jennifer Banister, and Sam Rousseau, are looking for Revolutionary War and Native American artifacts, according to The Boston Globe.

Joe Bagley, Boston’s city archaeologist, is overseeing the excavation, according to the Globe. A dig done at the same location in the 1980s revealed a British troop encampment as well as a Native American site, dating back anywhere between 400 and 1,000 years.

The group was unable to investigate the area at that time because a path had been laid over it when the information was released. Recently Eversource, a utility company, decided to put an electric line down through the pathway, giving the archaeologists another chance to explore the area before Eversource began the process, according to the Globe.

Freshman visual and media arts major Hollis Westling was excited about the possibilities of the dig.

“Stuff like that fascinates me, because we get to see all these historical objects,” Westling said.

According to the Globe, the archaeologists have already found some 18th century artifacts, including ceramics and stonework, and will continue for one to two weeks depending on the findings.