Harvard Yard Archaeology Project

Colonial wine bottle, stoneware shards, metal spoon, and glass stem fragment from Harvard Yard
Colonial wine bottle, stoneware shards, metal spoon, and glass stem fragment from Harvard Yard. PM 987-22-10/100159, 987-22-10/100192, 992-9-10/100224, and 992-9-10/100225.

Harvard University's 1650 charter founded a multicultural educational setting when it committed the new institution "to the education of the English and Indian Youth of this Country in knowledge and godliness." The Harvard Yard Archaeology Project (HYAP) contributes to renewing that commitment.

As part of the commemoration of the 350th anniversary of the 1655 Harvard Indian College, the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University Native American Program, and Department of Anthropology began an ongoing collaboration to study seventeenth-century Harvard and its overlooked histories. HYAP embodies the evolving ideals of a multicultural educational setting and critically reflects on the role of early Harvard within shared histories.

Follow this season's excavations using the links above right

For information on recent excavations, which take place every two years, follow the links below:

See the related exhibition Digging Veritas: The Archaeology and History of the Indian College and Student Life at Colonial Harvard.