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Can you dig it? Chinatown Archeological Dig

This week it was announced that the City of Boston archaeologist (who knew we had one) Joseph Bagley has begun a dig in Chinatown at 6 Hudson Street. The mission of this project is to document the history of the site including learning more about Chinese and Syrian immigrants in Boston.

According to historical documentation, 6 Hudson Street was home to Irish, English, Syrian and Chinese immigrants or descendants from 1840-1980. The site is currently a vacant lot. The property owner, working with the Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE), invited the City to lead the dig, and together worked with members of Boston’s Downtown, Chinatown, and Syrian community to inform the neighborhood’s first archaeology project. The dig is set to take several months, ending in early fall.

Visitors are welcome to the dig, and updates from the field will be shared online through the City of Boston’s Archaeology Program’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. 

Who knew?

Boston has hundreds of known archaeological sites within its borders. For more information on how the City conducts an archaeology dig, from start to finish, visit Boston.gov/archaeology.

Image via City of Boston’s Archaeology Instagram

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