Harvard Yard Archaeology Project

colonial wine bottle and tankard fragments

Colonial wine bottle and stoneware tankard sherds from Harvard Yard. Photo by Mark Craig. PM 992-9-10/100224, 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.  

Harvard Yard italic L type

A piece of metal printing type excavated from Harvard Yard over a matching passage from the 1666 The Indian Grammar Begun. PM 980-3-10/99588.


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.