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Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston

Gaining Ground: A History of Landmaking in Boston

This video was recorded at Authors@MIT. fter years of determined sleuthing, Nancy Seasholes can now state for the record that one-sixth of Boston, or 5250 acres, consists of "made" land – that is, land created by overcoming incoming tides with mountains of fill. Surprisingly, before Seasholes, only one other historian had attempted to trace the growth of Boston by land fill, and it turns out he got quite a bit wrong. Seasholes, an archaeologist by training, came to her task in a roundabout way, as a consultant in the environmental review process on such large projects as Boston's "Big Dig." In her effort to learn whether excavation was taking place on original or "made" land, she consulted a cornucopia of primary sources: city and state records, corporate and municipal commission reports.... Show More
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