Boston Uncovered

  • A weekly look at different, unique pieces from Boston’s history with perspective from the City’s resident experts. Thanks to a wealth of records and artifacts, we're here to tell compelling stories that would otherwise have remained hidden. | boston.gov/history



  • For the first time since it closed in the 1960s, the abandoned subway tunnel under 
    City Hall Plaza was opened to the public on May 21, 2018.
  • The story of a 300-year-old gravestone found during a construction project in Boston. Featuring Joe Bagley, City Archaeologist
  • A look at the voting records from 1920, after the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. Featuring Marta Crilly, Archivist. 

  • Archaeology from the 1600’s brings us pieces of history from around the world. Joe Bagley, City Archaeologist, takes a look at the ceramics from different countries that were uncovered in Boston. 

  • Paul Revere joins forces with his North End community to address a sewer issue. Featuring Archivist Marta Crilly.
  • For much of its history, the Dorchester School for Girls was occupied by up to 30 girls age 6-15. City Archaeologist Joe Bagley takes a look at artifacts from the 1800s that were uncovered during an archaeological dig.
  • A look back at the 1963 groundbreaking of City Hall. Archivist Marta Crilly shows off the hard hat worn by Mayor Collins, a photo from the groundbreaking, and different design pitches for City Hall.
  • While digging at the Pierce-Hichborn house, the Archaeology team found a rare piece of ceramic with King William III's face on it. Featuring City Archaeologist, Joe Bagley.

  • The City's Archaeology team spent some time at the Pierce-Hichborn site, digging through 300 years of artifacts. From bones to buttons, here's a look at what they found. Featuring Joe Bagley, City Archaeologist.
  • City Archaeologist Joe Bagley helps unravel the mystery of a shipwreck found in the Seaport. The materials that make up the lime schooner, along with the items found inside, help us gain insight to where it came from and when in went down. 
  • One of the most exciting parts of archaeology in Boston is that we have an amazing amount of Native American artifacts to find. Take a look at artifacts that around 400 to 1,000 years old. Featuring City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley.
  • One of the biggest collections in the City of Boston Archives are the City's tax records, which contain information on every man and every female property owner in Boston from 1822-1917. Featuring Archivist Marta Crilly.
  • A look at Boston artifacts from the Revolutionary War, including a brick from the powder house, musket ball, gunflint, and cannonball. Featuring City Archaeology Joseph Bagley.