Gloucester Harbor Archaeology
Planning for the Former Gloucester MGP Remediation Project included the identification of significant historic and archaeological properties within the project area. National Grid consulted with the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the Gloucester Historical Commission, Maritime Gloucester, and others to determine the appropriate treatments for the protection and documentation of these properties. Cultural resource management firms The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc. (PAL) and David S. Robinson & Associates, Inc. (DSRA) are assisting the helping to integrate several project activities to protect these properties into the Project design.
The Project was modified to restore and protect the operational components of Burnham’s Marine Railway. Several historic granite wharves that need to be removed will be reconstructed using the original stones. Archaeological surveys of the upland and harbor portions of the project area identified potential belowground seawalls and the remains of the second railway at Burham’s Marine Railway as significant archaeological resources. Archaeological monitors will observe the project contractors and record any important archaeological site features or artifacts that may be uncovered during the remediation activities.