Learn about PAF here…Learn about the ‘Area F’ archaeological project here…

Early Philadelphia Graffiti
window glass 2 -SJR(3) artifact of the month philadelphia archaeological forum

Learn more about this ‘Artifact of the Month’ here…


The Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Arts is hosting the first major exhibition of artifacts recovered from excavations along I-95 in Philadelphia. Numbering nearly a million thus far, the artifacts reveal over five thousand years of history. Experience the archaeologists’ excitement as you explore the exhibition and discover evidence of early Native Americans, Dyottville Glass Works, nineteenth-century glassworkers and potters, and everyday life in their communities.

For Directions Go to http://www.wheatonarts.org/

Information about the I-95 Improvement Project:
437 High Street, Burlington, NJ 08016

AECOM is conducting excavations on behalf of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.


The original hearth in Cliveden's 1767 Kitchen Dependency is in the process of being uncovered. Research indicates the building was also used as living quarters for enslaved workers.

The original hearth in Cliveden’s 1767 Kitchen Dependency is in the process of being uncovered. Research indicates the building was also used as living quarters for enslaved workers.

Friday, April 15, 7:00pm
“Coming to Terms with Slavery’s Kitchen-Quarters”
Douglas Sanford, Ph.D., University of Mary Washington School of Architecture

Includes Light Meal of Ham Biscuits & Ice Tea by Chef Valerie Erwin
Suggested Donation: $15

Reservations REQUIRED. Click HERE to reserve or call 215-848-1777, x223

About this Kitchen Conversation
Recent research underscores the importance of kitchen-quarters – an arrangement in which kitchen buildings were also used as living quarters for enslaved servants – in both plantation and city residences. In fact, kitchen-quarters likely comprised the most frequent type of slave housing in American cities and towns. Doug Sanford will discuss kitchen-quarters, slave households, and how African Americans transformed these buildings and their surrounding yards into important spaces for family and community. He will also speak about Virginia Slave Housing project’s efforts to promote public awareness of the architecture of American slavery.

About Douglas Sanford, Ph.D.
Douglas W. Sanford, Professor of Historic Preservation at University of Mary Washington has conducted archaeological research in Brazil, Arizona, Pennsylvania, within Virginia at the Yorktown Battlefield, Monticello, and in the Northern Neck area. While his professional and academic career has centered on historical archaeology, over the last 10 years much of his research has focused on architectural issues of slavery and slave housing in Virginia where he studies surviving slave-related buildings.

Philadelphia Archaeology is featured as part of the “Philadelphia Center for Architecture & The Preservation Alliance’s BUILDING PHILADELPHIA: ARCHITECTURE, HISTORY+POLITICS LECTURE SERIES.
The archaeology talk is the fifth of ten talks that take place on Tuesday Evenings, April 7 to May 14, 6:00-8:00 PM.


The Hidden City
Tuesday APRIL 21

Rebecca Yamin, PhD, takes us on a trip down Alice’s rabbit hole – digging underneath parking lots, National Park sites, and demolished buildings, she uncovers Philadelphia hidden past through fragments and trash left by our predecessors. Recent sites covered during her talk include the President’s house in Independence Mall, Revolutionary camp sites in Valley Forge, and workers’ houses where the Pennsylvania Convention Center now stands.

Individual talks:
$20 General Public
$15 | AIA Philadelphia Members
$10 | Student w/ Valid ID
Go here to register.


Pottery and Pixels archaeology teacher workshop Independence Park African American

For more information and to apply download the Pottery and Pixels Workshop Flier


Digging Deep : Buried Landscapes of Pennsylvania (20:24 minutes long, the section on Philadelphia archaeology begins in minute 13 of the production)

The excavation of Philadelphia's Dyottville Glass Factory is one of the archaeology sites featured in the video, “Digging Deep: Buried Landscapes of Prehistoric and Historic Pennsylvania

The excavation of Philadelphia’s Dyottville Glass Factory, is one of the archaeology sites featured in the video, “Digging Deep: Buried Landscapes of Prehistoric and Historic Pennsylvania”, produced in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

As the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) turns 50 years old this year, it is important to recognize and celebrate the role this act, specifically Section 106, has played in Pennsylvania Archaeology.

Section 106 directs all federally-funded projects to consider the effects they may have on historic properties, including archaeological sites. Half a century of compliance with the NHPA has produced the greatest advances in our understanding of the buried past since the infancy of American archaeology in the early 19th century. This video was produced as part of the Making Archaeology Public initiative, or MAP, initiated by Dr. Lynne Sebastian, with the goal of introducing Americans to groundbreaking archaeological discoveries in Pennsylvania and in other states.

The MAP theme for Pennsylvania is “Digging Deep: Buried Landscapes of Prehistoric and Historic Pennsylvania”. This video tells the story of the great depths explored by compliance archaeologists in the Keystone State, and the amazingly well preserved record of human land use they have found here. This story is a story that could never have been told without the last 50 years of compliance with the NHPA – it’s a legacy all Pennsylvanians can be proud of!

Go here to view the video (Philadelphia Archaeology begins in minute 13 of the production).



The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:
Bioarchaeology and the Modern Gun Culture Debate

[*PAGES 118-119 of which report and analyze gunshot victims in the Philadelphia archaeological record, namely ca. 1750–1799 burials at the Second Presbyterian Church Burial Ground excavated during construction of the National Constitution Center and from the First African Baptist Church Burial Ground, dating between ca. 1810 and 1822, discovered in the 1990’s during construction of the Vine Street Expressway.
By Thomas A. Crist
Historical Archaeology, 2006, 40(3):109–130.

In this article, Crist considers “personal gun ownership during the early history of what is now the United States that lies at the root of the modern argument between supporters of gun control and those whose interpretation of the Second Amendment endows private citizens with the right to keep and bear arms”. Using historical evidence, including from early burials in Philadelphia, he shows that with growing gun ownership, during and after the 1830s, “an ever-increasing number of homicides (have) resulted from gunfire, particularly in the large cities” (Crist, HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY 40(3):126.

Dr. Thomas A. Crist, Professor of Anthropology and Anatomy at Utica College in Utica, NY, has conducted several studies in Philadelphia.

Dr. Thomas A. Crist. Professor of Anthropology and Anatomy at Utica College in Utica, NY, has conducted several studies in Philadelphia.

Previously Director of Archaeological Services at Kise Straw & Kolodner Inc. in Philadelphia and now a consultant to AECOM Corporation, Dr. Crist has served since 1990 as the Forensic Anthropologist for the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office. He is a member of the U.S. Public Health Service’s Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) and served two deployments assisting in the recovery and identification of victims from the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. Since 1992, Dr. Crist has been an Adjunct Professor at the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he co-teaches an annual short course in Forensic Dentistry and Anthropology every spring. In 1994, Dr. Crist was one of three co-founders of the American Academy of Forensic Science’s Young Forensic Scientists Forum and served as the group’s first secretary.
What do Philadelphia-area archaeologists actually do?
What do Philadelphia residents and business concerns do with archaeology?
What does archaeology do for Philadelphia?

Hear what 63 individuals say in answer to these important questions!

Philadelphia Day of Archaeology

The Philadelphia Day of Archaeology is the local version of the International Day of Archaeology blogging project which is designed to provide a window into the lives of archaeologists and to those whose work engages with archaeology. Hear from the Philadelphia-area participants, 2012-2015, here…
bbbbWhispering Woods – the blog (Spring-Summer 2015) for a Phase II archaeological excavation located in Salem Co, NJ, being conducted by Rutgers–Camden undergraduate students in collaboration with archaeologists from the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation.

First Pennsylvanians: The Archaeology of Native Americans in Pennsylvania
By Kurt W. Carr, PhD, Senior Curator of Archaeology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and Roger W. Moeller, PhD

In First Pennsylvanians, Kurt Carr and Roger Moeller provide a broad, accessible, and wide-ranging overview of the archaeological record of Native Americans in Pennsylvania from early prehistory through the Paleoindian, Archaic, Transitional, Woodland, and Contact periods, stretching from 16,500 years ago to 1750 c.e. The authors present and analyze specific traits of each archaeological time period covered and use the archaeological record to provide a glimpse of Native Americans’ daily life in Pennsylvania. First Pennsylvanians also includes personal stories and anecdotes from archaeologists about their experiences in the field as well as a wealth of illustrations and diagrams. The chapters examine the environment, social groups, tools, subsistence, and settlements of patterns of Native Americans in Pennsylvania and describe how these factors profoundly affected the populations and cultures of these early inhabitants of the region.

256 pages, paperback; 124 color photos and illustrations. This Commonwealth of Pennsylvania publication can be purchased here…


paposter15Archaeology Month is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Inc., and the Pennsylvania Archaeological Council. Its purpose is to increase awareness of the important historic and prehistoric archaeological sites in the Commonwealth. These sites are part of the heritage of all Pennsylvanians. Everyday, archaeological sites are destroyed. We hope that through the Archaeology Month events, more Pennsylvanians become aware of this part of our history and work to protect our endangered resources.

Public Service Announcement (PSA) video
Click on the car or artifacts in the picture or click here to activate the video!
Learn more about this Archaeology Month Public Service Announcement here…