Extreme Public Archaeology : Excavating the 1645 Boston Latin School Campus Along Boston's Freedom Trail

Author(s): Sarah Johnson; Joseph M. Bagley

Year: 2016

Summary

Boston is a city celebrated for its history.  With millions of heritage tourists bringing billions of dollars to the city annually, it is significant and rare for Boston to add additional attractions to its assemblage of historic sites along and around its famous Freedom Trail.  In the summer of 2015, a team of volunteers excavated one of the "lost" Freedom Trail sites, the 1645 Boston Latin School campus, exposing and expanding the sites history to visitors and residents alike.  This paper presents the results of this very public urban archaeological excavation, and discusses the trials and successes of a popular social media campaign, open sites, and urban preservation conditions.

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Extreme Public Archaeology : Excavating the 1645 Boston Latin School Campus Along Boston's Freedom Trail. Sarah Johnson, Joseph M. Bagley. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434505)

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Spatial Coverage

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

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 850