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Massachusetts Archaeological Society

Breaking news in #Boston historical #archaeology. An exciting update from Old North Church & Historic Site and the excavations conducted by the City of Boston Archaeology Program.Megan Sheehan, MA student at the UMass Boston Historical Archaeology Graduate Program just made a major breakthrough in analysis of the privy we dug in Washington Garden/ 1-3 Unity Court at Old North Church & Historic Site! Her analysis shows that the 3,124 artifacts we found are likely to be exclusively associated with Lyman and Almeria Locke, who purchased 2 Unity Court the year after they married in 1834 and lived in the home from 1835-1843. Almeria (née Boynton) is possibly related to Lyman’s neighbors, the Boynton family, at 3 Unity Court. She dies in 1843 of consumption (tuberculosis) and Lyman leaves the house that year, possibly clearing out his house contents into the privy in a large dumping episode in 1843. Lyman continues to own the house but rents it out until he marries Eliza Lane in 1848, the same year he sells 2 Unity Court. Lyman is buried next to Almeria in Mt. Auburn cemetery in Cambridge. Photos show Megan next to the 141 ceramic vessels we found in the privy and two photos taken as we dug the privy in 2016. Much more info to come as we can now turn the stuff into the story of Almeria and Lyman Locke. ... See MoreSee Less

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