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Three Cranes, however, as a Patriotleaning tavern, no doubt remained busy. It was into this highly charged atmosphere that the British fired cannons and set fire to the center of Charlestown in an attempt to rout the rebel soldiers and sympathizers firing on them from the city during the Battle of Bunker Hill. The Three Cranes Tavern Highway to the Past The Archaeology of Boston’s Big Dig and the Parker-Harris Pottery were among the first casualties of the American Revolution, burned to the ground in the fires that consumed much of Charles-town.

33 The North End This pewter tankard is one of the only known pieces of John Carnes’s work. Courtesy, Winterthur Museum. North End data are compared with data from similar archaeological sites in the mid Atlantic colonies it appears that Bostonians were eating more meat pies than the residents of other colonies. From this understanding of diet we might be able to expand to learn more about the ethnic groups that immigrated to Boston. Alleys and Backlots Archaeologists recovered many small examples of Carnes’s work.

When you read the next chapter on the North End you will find the story of another extraordinary woman of 17th-century Boston, Katherine Wheelwright Nanny Naylor. In her case, it was much easier for the archaeologists to think about and analyze women’s lives in Puritan Boston. Highway to the Past The Archaeology of Boston’s Big Dig The North End Ann-Eliza H. Lewis B oston’s North End is a special place. Take a look at the map of Boston in the first chapter of this book. You can see that Bostonians have created a substantial amount of the land on which the city is built.

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