|Block 79 Site
The Block 79 site is located on Boston Common near the present-day Parkman Bandstand and Tremont T Station.
This area of the Common has undergone relatively little landscape modification over the years since European arrival, which is good because the Block 79 site is much shallower than the nearby Frog Pond site. The area where Block 79 is located has recently been paved over with a walkway, which ironically will likely protect the site better than grass alone--- so long as the walkway did not extend deeply into the ground.
100 pieces of pottery were found at the Block 79 survey---three times more than at the Frog Pond site. While the number of pottery fragments is large, they are so similar in appearance to each other, we can only divide them into two vessel lots. In other words, it is possible that all of the pieces of pottery may have came from as few as two individual pots.
What is significant about this pottery is its decoration. One of the fragments is decorated with incised lines. These lines were carved or drawn into the vessel while it was still wet. Archaeologist have determined that pottery with this type of decoration dates to the latest period of Prehistory- the Late Woodland (1,000-450 years old). It is possible that this pot was actively in use when Europeans first met the Massachusett people of Shawmut, and was undoubtedly created by a Massachusett Tribal member.
Overall, the Block 79 site shows that various areas of Boston Common were used throughout Prehistory. Specifically, this area seems to have been most heavily used during the last period of Prehistory and may have even been in use when Europeans first arrived to Shawmut.
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