Dorchester Industrial School for Girls

The Dorchester Industrial School for Girls site is the focus of three separate projects:

  1. Master's Thesis for Historical Archaeology Program at UMass Boston, focused on a social zooarchaeology of the School and how socioeconomic positionality of the resident girls may be determined from a combination of faunal analysis and archival research.

  2. Decorative Shell project, focused on interpreting the unusual amount of decorative non-native shell found in the School Privy in the context of Victorian leisure crafts, cottage industries, and personal possessions.

  3. Report for Archaeological Intensive (locational) and Site Exam Survey, co-authored with City Archaeologist for the City of Boston Archaeology Program, Joseph Bagley, along with Alexandra Crowder, Madeline Penney, Sarah Johnson, and Jennifer Poulsen. Includes Faunal Appendix and Site Interpretations.

Three Cranes Tavern

The Three Cranes Tavern project has involved a faunal analysis of a cat skeleton excavated during the 1985 Central Artery District Archaeological Project in Charlestown, MA. This project is split into two parts:

  1. Involving an osteological reassessment of the articulated skeleton, definitively proving that it has been misidentified for over 30 years as a cat.

  2. Involving an exploration of the cultural implications of this specimen's new identification, exploring the role of ritual concealment, folklore, and human-animal companionship.

 


Plymouth Burial Hill

The Burial Hill project involves fish remains recovered from a planting hole, found in a unit excavated within the boundaries of the original 1620 Plymouth settlement. Species identification is a major focus, as are the implications for cultural exchange of subsistence strategies between the English Pilgrims and local Wampanoag residents.


Washington Garden North

The WGN/Unity Court project involved the identification and analysis of rodent specimens from two cisterns located in Bostonโ€™s North End Neighborhood. pXRF spectrometry and osteological analysis were conducted, and the results presented at the 2019 SHA Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology.