With many properties designated as City Landmarks, Boston’s
archaeology program is sometimes called upon to excavate and
preserve lost history before construction projects get under way. The
Old North Church reached out ahead of a major restoration in time
for its 300th anniversary in 2023. When I learned that the program
eagerly recruits voluntary help, I jumped at the chance to participate.
As the mound of juicy, fat-bellied fried clams threatened at any moment to topple over the edges of the paper plate and onto the picnic table, I felt something that I don’t usually feel at dinner time: doubt. “I don’t know if I can eat all this,” I told my mom.
I glimpse them first through a row of ancient maples as they play their game in
the sunny, open field. These baseball players might be ghosts, merely apparitions in the Indian summer morning, were it not for the physical evidence of dust clouds kicked up by the bounce of a well-hit ball or the running of feet across the worn-flat grass.