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City archeologist to talk South Boston history Monday

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 20, 2014 10:58 AM

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Joseph Bagley, the city of Boston’s archeologist, will talk about South Boston’s history at an event at the South Boston Library on Monday.

“Joe Bagley's ‘Digging Southie: The Archaeology of South Boston’ will uncover the history that is beneath our feet,” explained Robert Allison, president of the South Boston Historical Society, the group sponsoring the event.

“South Boston has two major historical sites--Castle Island, the longest continuously fortified position in North America, and Dorchester Heights, crucial to the first victory in the American War for Independence," said Allison. "But South Boston also was a 19th century industrial center. Recent archaeological work throughout the neighborhood helps us understand how it was what it was and why it is what it is today.”

In addition to covering the prominent historical sites in the seaside neighborhood, Bagley said he will also discuss lesser known historical features of the community, including the neighborhood’s history as a center for glass manufacturing and as a possible site for Native Americans.

“For me, South Boston is an untouched neighborhood,” said Bagley. “No one has really looked at it and there is huge potential for there to be a number of important sites in the neighborhood.

“If you look at it on an old map, it was a beautiful spot. It had hills, it had fresh water, and could’ve been a good area for the native people.”

The free event will be held at the library at 646 East Broadway on Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m.

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