College Students Participate in Boston Archaeological Dig

An important and unique archaeological dig is underway in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood at the site of the 1859 Industrial School for Girls property.

The property, which is now owned by the Epiphany School, housed girls between the ages of 6 and 15 years old. They were daughters of immigrants who were being trained to be proper Victorian women. Only sporadic census data gives a snapshot of who these girls were; but students, some employed through the mayor's Department of Youth Engagement and Employment, are discovering more about them.

They unearthed things like a porcelain doll boot, buttons, beads, and a bracelet.

Sarah Johnson is in the master's program for historical archaeology at UMass Boston and expects this site to be the subject of her masters thesis.

The students will complete their work here by the end of august.  

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