Urban archaeology in the United States did not really become commonplace until the 1980s. Boston, Massachusetts gave a huge boost to archaeology of its historic urban core with the "Big Dig"-- a years long project to bury underground the interstate highway that ran like a scar across the city. Because the project was using federal funds, urban archaeologists from Boston University had the opportunity to perform extensive text excavations in downtown Boston, much of which had been waterfront property before being filled in to create more land. Since then, the city has benefited from additional subterranean discoveries.
This archeologist’s job is about stories, not stuff
By Cindy Atoji Keene
The Boston Globe
November 5, 2016