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Ancient Native Culture along the Delaware


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In Memoriam
The Philadelphia Archaeological Forum is sad to hear that one of our finest colleagues, and a dearest friend to many, Michael Parrington, has died. Mike Parrington passed away October 18th, very peacefully, at home, with family gathered all around him. He will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Michael Parrington (1944–2014)

Michael Parrington passed away peacefully at home in Burlington City on Saturday, October 18, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. He was 70 and will be missed and remembered fondly by so many.

Born in Lancashire, England, he moved to the Philadelphia area in 1976 and was a prominent archaeologist in the Philadelphia community, coauthoring the book The Buried Past: An Archaeological History of Philadelphia in 1992. He was a fan of the Phillies and the Beatles, a lover of folk music and walking, a founder and supporter of many local archaeological societies, and an ardent reader and book collector.

He was the loving husband of Helen (Linny) Schenck, doting father to Megan, Alice, and Ellen, and adoring grandfather to Emma, Simon, and Ruby. He is also survived by his siblings, Alan, Graham, Lindsay, and Susan, and many nieces and nephews.

His memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 26th at 3:30 p.m. at the Burlington Friends Meeting House, 340 High Street, Burlington, NJ.

In lieu of flowers folks can donate in Mike’s memory to one of the archaeological societies that were closest to his heart: Philadelphia Archaeological Forum c/o Steve Tull, Treasurer, 437 High St., Burlington, NJ 08016; Archaeological Society of New Jersey c/o Michael Gall, Treasurer, 119 S. Main St., Medford, New Jersey 08055 (or online through the website, www.asnj.org); or Oliver Evans Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology c/o Larry DeYoung, Treasurer, 54 N. Waterloo Rd., Devon, PA 19333.

In 2013, Michael Parrington was awarded the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum’s Award of Merit. The award letter presented to Mike at that time recounts his many contributions to Philadelphia archaeology.


Archaeologists are currently at work on the site where the Museum of the American Revolution is being built. Every Thursday members of the team will be available to talk about the project, revel their most recent finds, and answer questions from the public.

When: Every Thursday between 10am and 2pm.
Where: : Across the street from the construction site, on the steps of the First Bank, West Side of 3rd Street, between Chestnut and Walnut Streets..


Making the Museum: Behind the scenes at the Museum of the American Revolution, is a Tumblr featuring news about the construction of the forthcoming Museum of the American Revolution. An archaeology team from John Milner Associates (JMA) is excavating the site which is on 3rd Street, between Chestnut and Walnut Streets (and which until recently was part of Independence National Historical Park). Each Monday, lead archaeologist Rebecca Yamin will share a recap of the previous week’s work. Find her reports here…