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Daniel G. Roberts, Philadelphia Archaeologist
FEATURED NEW BOOK
Historical Archaeology of the Delaware Valley, 1600-1850
Edited by Richard Veit and David Orr
2014 University of Tennessee Press
The Delaware Valley is a distinct region situated within the Middle Atlantic states, encompassing portions of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. With its cultural epicenter of Philadelphia, its surrounding bays and ports within Maryland and Delaware, and its conglomerate population of European settlers, Native Americans, and enslaved Africans, the Delaware Valley was one of the great cultural hearths of early America. The region felt the full brunt of the American Revolution, briefly served as the national capital in the post-Revolutionary period, and sheltered burgeoning industries amidst the growing pains of a young nation. Yet, despite these distinctions, the Delaware Valley has received less scholarly treatment than its colonial equals in New England and the Chesapeake region.
In Historical Archaeology of the Delaware Valley, 1600–1850, Richard Veit and David Orr bring together fifteen essays that represent the wide range of cultures, experiences, and industries that make this region distinctly American in its diversity. From historic-period American Indians living in a rapidly changing world to an archaeological portrait of Benjamin Franklin, from an eighteenth-century shipwreck to the archaeology of Quakerism, this volume highlights the vast array of research being conducted throughout the region. Many of these sites discussed are the locations of ongoing excavations, and archaeologists and historians alike continue to debate the region’s multifaceted identity.
The archaeological stories found within Historical Archeology of the Delaware Valley, 1600–1850 reflect the amalgamated heritage that many American regions experienced, though the Delaware Valley certainly exemplifies a richer experience than most: it even boasts the palatial home of a king (Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon and former King of Naples and Spain). This work, thoroughly based on careful archaeological examination, tells the stories of earlier generations in the Delaware Valley and makes the case that New England and the Chesapeake are not the only cultural centers of colonial America.
FEATURED ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH PRESENTATION
The Washington Avenue Project — an unexpected archaeological discovery in South Philadelphia in 2001.
FEATURED SITE — Archaeology at Bartram’s Garden
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IN MEMORIAM: DANIEL CROZIER
It is with sadness that the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum informs you of the passing, on December 19th, of Daniel Crozier. As anyone familiar with Philadelphia archaeology knows, Dan’s contributions were pioneering and immensely important. Dan helped nurture the development of urban and historical archaeology in Philadelphia. He gave invaluable support to the founding of the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum – our group, whose mission is to protect and preserve the archaeological resources in the Philadelphia region. In 2012, the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum bestowed one of its inaugural Awards of Merit to Dan in recognition of his many contributions. Dan’s passing is a personal and professional loss to many of us. Our condolences go out to his friends and family.
BETHEL AME BURIAL GROUND/QUEEN VILLAGE WECCACOE PARK EXCAVATIONS
Philadelphians visit the site of Bethel AME’s original burial ground on July 24th, 2013. Lost to time, the forgotten cemetery is today the location of a neighborhood park in the city’s Queen Village neighborhood. Numerous interested parties have united to ensure that the cemetery is archaeologically investigated prior to any park renovations. The exploratory excavation is designed to determine the depth and location of any burials. No burial remains are removed or disturbed in this archaeological study to determine the original cemetery ground surface. Archaeologists are shown here depicting the excavation findings to the visiting public. (Photo by P.J. Jeppson)
Learn more about the Bethel AME Burial Ground/Queen Village Weccacoe Park excavations and read the Archaeological Report here…
Queen Lane Redevelopment Project
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FEATURED Streaming (On-Line) Video
Just Below Your Feet
One Archaeologist. One Filmmaker. One Law. This 15 minute, video short, from a longer film created by students Stephanie Bowen and Sarah Griggs, interviews Pennsylvania archaeologists about Act 70. This amendment, which was backed by developers, changed the state history code and significantly impacted archaeological preservation in the Commonwealth. The video segment (on YouTube) includes an interview with PAF member Douglas Mooney and contains visuals of the President’s House Site in Independence National Historical Park as well as PAF-related Archaeology Month publicity materials. Watch it here…