Building a College in Colonial America: evidence from Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA.

Summary

Recent excavations in the Harvard Yard have expanded our understanding of investment and institutionalization of education in the 17th century. Archaeology of Harvard's first building demonstrates the richness of material culture used at the dining table and the investment made to construct a significant structure on the landscape. We provide a preliminary analysis of artifact density and distribution of dining and architectural objects of the most recent excavation season, laying the groundwork for future comparison with previous excavations of the Old College building. We explore the intersections of institutionalization and individual materiality. Additionally, we reflect on the context of the project as a field course, as current students investigate their historical classmates.

Cite this Record

Building a College in Colonial America: evidence from Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA.. Patricia Capone, Sarah Johnson, Diana Loren, Jade W Luiz, Jennifer Poulsen. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441789)

Spatial Coverage

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

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 525