Kristen Elise Clark

Secrets of Urban Archaeology

Urban archaeologists dig for stories beneath city streets.

Originally published on NOVA September 11th, 2014

Some archaeologists head to the jungles of Peru to dig up the past. But for Joe Bagley, Boston’s city archaeologist, the urban jungle is just as exciting. Bagley says archaeologists are discovering little pockets of perfectly preserved history in some of the world’s busiest cities, from 6,000 year-old arrowheads to the tombs of British kings. Here, he describes some of his favorite finds—including the scandalous secrets sealed inside a 300-year-old toilet.


Produced, Animated and Narrated by
Kristen Clark

Editorial help from
Anna Rothschild

Original Footage
© WGBH Educational Foundation 2014

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