Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781611687828 Published April 2016

A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts

Joseph M. Bagley

A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts

Joseph M. Bagley

Distributed for University Press of New England

232 pages | 7 x 10
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781611687828 Published April 2016
History is right under our feet; we just need to dig a little to find it. Though not the most popular construction project, Boston’s Big Dig has contributed more to our understanding and appreciation of the city’s archaeological history than any other recent event. Joseph M. Bagley, city archaeologist of Boston, uncovers a fascinating hodgepodge of history—from ancient fishing grounds to Jazz Age red-light districts—that will surprise and delight even longtime residents. Each artifact is shown in full color and accompanied by description of the item’s significance to its site location and the larger history of the city. From cannonballs to drinking cups and from ancient spears to chinaware, A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts offers a unique and accessible introduction to Boston’s history and physical culture while revealing the ways objects can offer a tantalizing entrée into our past. Packed with vivid descriptions and art, this lively history of Boston will appeal to all manner of readers, locals and visitors alike.
Contents
Preface • Acknowledgments • Introduction • PART 1: SHAWMUT: THE TIME BEFORE BOSTON (12,000–400 BP) • Mattapan Banded Rhyolite • Neville Point • Fishweir Stakes • Native Pottery • Fish Spear • Massachusett Weaving • Arrowhead • PART 2: PURITANICAL FOUNDATIONS (1629–1700) • Trade Weight • Stone from Great House • Portuguese Plate • Chamber Pot • Whipworm Egg • Sleeve • Bowling Ball • Plate • Child’s Shoe • Fruit Pits • Bellarmine Bottle • Lace • Red-Clay Pipe • PART 3: FROM COLONIST TO REBEL (1700–1775) • Cat Skeleton • Whizzer • Porcelain Tea Bowl and Saucer • Redware Waster • Parker-Harris Mug • Bottle Seal • Soldering Iron • Teapot • PART 4: CONFLICT AND WAR (1765–1783) • Gunflint • Bar Shot • Charcoal • Powder House Brick • PART 5: A CHANGING CITY IN A CHANGING WORLD (1780–1983) • Massachusetts Cent • Sail Needle • Tortoiseshell Comb • Shell-Edge Pearlware • Cowbell • Nib • New York Militia Button • Vaginal Syringe • Love Token • Horse Blinder • Rock and Tar Bottle • Hebrew Prayer Book • Lady’s Wallet • Comb • Red Sox Pin • Cop and Robber Toy and Bell • Lipstick • Showtime Token • Conclusion: The Future of Archaeology in Boston • Appendix • Notes • Bibliography • Index
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