Has it been awhile since your high school history classes? Have you been watching too many historically inaccurate movies or TV shows? Or maybe you’re just looking for some old-fashioned intellectual stimulation? Then look no further than Old North’s Mini Courses! Each month we will offer a new mini-course on a variety of topics for all the couch-based learners out there. What’s not required: registration, a specific digital platform, hours of your time, quizzes, or grades. What is required: a love of reading, an interest in or curiosity about historical topics, and an open mind.
Below, dig in to some dirt-covered details on Old North’s hidden history.
3. Gain a greater understanding of what recent archaeological digs on our site have revealed about people from past centuries who lived on our plot of land.
- Find out the results from the 2013 excavation behind the Clough House, a historic home on our property. [BLOG POST, DOCUMENTS, IMAGES]
- Follow the progression of the 2016/2017 Washington Garden excavation: the reason for the excavation, phase 1, beginning of phase 2, and the completion of phase 2. [BLOG POSTS]
- Watch this short clip from WGBH of City Archaeologist Joe Bagley at work with his team in our Washington Garden. [VIDEO – 2:36 min.]
- See the full lecture of Joe Bagley revealing the findings from the dig in the Washington Garden. [VIDEO – 1:02 hr.]
- Read the Boston Globe article about the 2017 dig inside our crypt. [NEWS ARTICLE]
- Discover the results of the excavation in our crypt as well as the tomb opening. [BLOST POST, DOCUMENTS, IMAGES, REPORT]
After you’ve reviewed the articles and resources above, take a moment to reflect on what you’ve learned. Write in the comments section below, answering any of the following questions:
- What was your favorite article or resource and why?
- What can the findings from the excavations at Old North tell us about the people who lived on our site?
- If archaeology was NOT a profession, how might that impact our understanding of history? What do we gain from the work of archaeologists?