Archaeological Objects

“Investigating the Heart of a Community: Archaeological Excavations at the African Meeting House, Boston, Massachusetts.”

Cultural Resource Management Study No. 22

Figure 4.23

Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research.

University of Massachusetts Boston, page 74.

University of Massachusetts Boston


This pottery fragment comes from a woven ceramic creamware basket that often held fruits.

Questions to Consider

  1. Why do you think archaeologists preserved this fragment?
  2. What is the importance of saving fragments of something that no longer exists?

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Smith Court Stories is a collaborative project of the Museum of African American History and Boston African American National Historic Site – a unit of the National Parks of Boston.

The creators of Smith Court Stories acknowledge that Smith Court in Beacon Hill sits on the historical Massachusett tribe territories.