May is Archaeology Month

During the month of May, the CHS will partner with City of Boston Archaeologist Joe Bagley, and several local societies, to host two events exploring the distant past of Charlestown, from it’s pre-colony days as an Indian hunting and fishing ground, and up to the more recent significant events on Breeds Hill in 1775.

The first event is literally an exploration, as Joe Bagley will take people on a walking tour through Charlestown – rain or shine!

Saturday May 3, 2014 11 am to 12 noon.

Archaeology Walking Tour: From Bunker Hill Monument through the Big Dig to City Square

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City Square Park from 20 City Square – courtesy of the Friends of City Square

Led by Joe Bagley, City of Boston Archaeologist, the tour will span time and place as Joe leads the walk through some of the most thoroughly surveyed areas of Boston.

The Charlestown Historical Society, the Charlestown Preservation Society, the Friends of City Square and the Friends of the Training Field have worked together to co-host this event.

The Tour will commence on the Steps of the Lodge Located at the base of the Bunker Hill Monument, and end at City Square.

The walkers are then invited to move onto the Training Field at Winthrop Square, for a Lunch hosted by the Friends of the Training Field.

Highlights of the walk will include the true shape of fortifications on Breeds Hill, the leading business women of the 18th century, slave sites, and native sites drowned by rising seas – climate change has certainly impacted Charlestown …

There is a fee for the tour of $15.  This will be collected at the start of the tour, and funds will be used to provide supplies to the City Archaeological Department and also to pay for the lunch.

The Walking Tour will be held rain or shine.


Tuesday May 13, 2014 at 7:00-8:00 pm. Bunker Hill Museum

Archaeological Investigation and Preservation of the Training Field Park in Charlestown’s Winthrop Square


Satellite view of the Training Field – by Google Images

Joe Bagley, City of Boston Archaeologist, will speak for 45-50 minutes followed by a Question and Answer session.

The talk will present the results of the eight new archaeological dig sites that were made in the Training Field Park last year, and how the findings help explain the significance of the Training Field, as part of Charlestown’s history.

Highlights include two newly-discovered native camps, a massive Revolution-era trash dump – you can discover a lot about people from their garbage – and toys and school supplies left behind at the 1820s Training Field school site.

The event is co-sponsored by CHS, CPS and the Friends of the Training Field.

The event is open to the public at no cost.

Light snacks and refreshments will be available.