After a powerful community conversation on September 1 about the APC-funded slavery exhibit in Faneuil Hall, Team A returns to the trenches for the first time since 2019.

With three digs planned, all focused on Boston’s black history, it’s going to be a busy few months. The first will be a poll at 42-44 Shirley Street, the newly classified addictionprobably a stable, Shirley-Eustis Place in Roxbury.

Recent map research suggests that the stable has been moved to its present location. If this is true, then the general layout of the buildings on the property is different from what we thought when we have marked the property in 2021.

Perhaps more importantly, if the stable was moved, it is likely that the original location of the Shirley-Eustis House prior to its move in 1867 was the yard at 42-44 Shirley Street. The team is likely to uncover the original foundations. These foundations and basement are the historic kitchens and living quarters inhabited and used by the property’s black slaves.

The other two digs have yet to be announced, but they promise to be exciting insights into the black history of at least two other Boston neighborhoods. If you are interested in volunteering at a dig, the Archeology Program announces their volunteering opportunities via their newsletter.

All excavations in the Archeology program are open to the public, so stop by during the excavations or follow along our instagram, FacebookWhere Twitter all @bostonarchaeo pages and #digBOS

Meanwhile, back at the lab, work has begun on the city’s new archeology lab, with plans to reopen to the public in early January. The A-Team can’t wait to spend some time away from their construction trailer and more time outside in a hole somewhere near you.