About the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum
The Philadelphia Archaeological Forum (PAF) is dedicated to the protection and preservation of archaeological resources in the City of Philadelphia. Established in 1998, the organization aims to further an awareness of Philadelphia's rich archaeological heritage through educational programs and activities, which reach beyond the professional community. PAF also advises agencies and the general public on archaeological matters and encourages communication about, and support for, the publication of information concerning the archaeology of the city.
Archaeology Is a Community Resource
Philadelphia's rich archaeological heritage offers multiple benefits to our community. Archaeology resources are a mainstay of the city's heritage tourism Industry. Archaeology research results and methods are employed in K-12th grade instruction in area schools. Archaeology projects offer service opportunities to Philadelphians of all backgrounds and walk of life, including college interns. Discovered archaeological resources function as a powerful rallying point for the community sense of social identity. Archaeology's unique contributions help make Philadelphia a more vibrant and livable city today and for future generations.
PAF Is Open to Everyone
The membership of PAF includes, among others, avocational archaeologists, architects, historians, journalists, school teachers, college students, community organizers, university researchers, private sector archaeologists, retired persons, preservation specialists, and museum professionals.
PAF Actions and Activities
PAF holds monthly meetings to plan activities and share information about current research. PAF operates an email discussion forum and maintains an informational web page that serves as the central source for Philadelphia archaeology. Each October, together with Independence National Historical Park, PAF co-sponsors a day-long event as part of Philadelphia's contribution to Pennsylvania Archaeology Month. PAF has sponsored the development of both a book and a documentary film on Philadelphia archaeology.
PAF Actions and Activities
- Dedicated Consulting Party on multiple city, state, and federal development projects, regularly assisting allied concerns such as the Philadelphia Preservation Alliance and other local and special interest groups (e.g., Philadelphia Neighborhood Alliance, Delaware River Keeper).
- Co-sponsor of several scholarly publications.
- Co-sponsor of the new, full-length, documentary film In The Shadow of Liberty: The Search of for James Oronoko Dexter
- Co-sponsor of ‘Discover Philadelphia’s Hidden Past’, Philadelphia’s annual, day-long contribution to Pennsylvania Archaeology Month.
- Co-Sponsor of the 2005 Pennsylvania Archaeology Month poster.
- Monthly meetings to plan activities and share current research.
- An 81-member email listserve.
- Web Page central for Philadelphia archaeology-- Gray literature (1970-2010), events, online exhibits and publications, local news coverage and more.