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Revisiting Past Excavations: An In-Depth Look at Feature B7 from the African Meeting House, Boston, MA

Author(s): Jennifer Poulsen ; Linda Santoro

Year: 2015

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Summary

This paper analyzes a pit feature that was identified during a 1984 excavation in the basement of the African Meeting House, located in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood.  Full excavation of the feature followed in 1986; however, complete analysis of the resulting artifact collection was not possible at the time.  Predating the construction of the prominent African Meeting House, the feature is likely the privy of Augustin Raillion, a hairdresser who occupied a house at 44 Joy Street with two tenants from 1799 to 1806.  Picking up where previous research was forced to leave off, new analysis of this collection, which includes wine bottles, wig curlers, gaming pieces, nearly complete ceramics, and faunal material, sheds light on the function of the feature and the lives of those who contributed to the deposit.


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Revisiting Past Excavations: An In-Depth Look at Feature B7 from the African Meeting House, Boston, MA. Jennifer Poulsen, Linda Santoro. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433907)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 42

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America