BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The first archaeological dig in Boston's historic Chinatown began Monday. "Boston is a city of immigrants, and this is an important piece of Boston's history," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said. "We expect to unearth the untold stories of Chinese and Syrian families who settled in Boston during the first half of the 20th century."
Archaeologist Joseph Bagley will dig at 6 Hudson Street, a now-vacant lot near the Chinatown gate that housed Chinese, Syrian, Irish, and English immigrants dating back to 1840.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with the community to learn more about Chinatown's history," said Bagley. "Digging into Boston's past is an exciting experience, and I love being able to share that with others."
The neighborhood's first archaeology project was launched at the request of the property owner and the Chinese Historical Society of New England (CHSNE), who invited the city to dig.
WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens reports