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Archaeology & Excavation at the Quincy Homestead

In the Fall of 2019, the Public Archaeology Laboratory (PAL) of Pawtucket, Rhode Island began digging test pits and trenches on the grounds of the Quincy Homestead on Butler Road. Careful research had been conducted in the preceding years to increase the chances that these trenches and pits would yield treasures. By all accounts, the dig was a tremendous success.

On Saturday, September 17th at 2pm, lead investigator from PAL, John Kelly, will present the findings of that excavation. This presentation will be cohosted by the Colonial Dames of Massachusetts and Quincy Historical Society and will take place at the Adams Academy. The program will be introduced by Carol Holliday of the Colonial Dames.

While no silver or gold was found on the site, the dig uncovered 3,198 artifacts, evidence from the earliest days of human settlement in the area. From pre-colonial stone tools to 19th century glassware and ceramics, each of these items are in their own way priceless – as they serve to answer vital questions about life in Quincy in days gone by. Some even prompt new questions worthy of further research.

Accompanying the talk will be a special temporary exhibit displaying some of the artifacts found. They will remain on display at the Historical Society until November 3.

This event is open to all and free to attend.


Sep 17 2022


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Quincy Historical Society & Museum
8 Adams Street, Quincy, Massachusetts
Alexandra Elliott


Alexandra Elliott
(617) 773-1144
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