Books, Journal Articles, and Conference Papers
- 2010 Black History Showcase Features African American Archaeology This report by Patrice L. Jeppson was published in the July 2010 issue of the African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter. It reports on an exhibit of Philadelphia-area African American archaeology that was presented in March as part of the annual Black History Month Showcase at the Convention Center.
- The Archaeology of Freedom and Slavery at the President's House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This report by Patrice L. Jeppson was published in the July 2007 issue of the African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter.
- Digging an Historical Shrine: Philadelphia's Independence Park [PDF format]. This 1960 article by John L. Cotter was published in Expedition, the Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Volume 2(3), Pages 28-32.
- What was there before the Museum? [PDF format]. Ann Blair Brownlee wrote this article about the site of the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. It was published in Expedition, the Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in 2005. Volume 47, Number 1.
- Out of Heaviness, Enlightenment: NAGPRA and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology [PDF format]. This 2003 article by Robert W. Preucel, Lucy F. Williams, Stacey O. Espenlaub and Janet Monge discusses the return to Native Americans of artifacts held in the collections of the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. This article was published in Expedition, the Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Volume 45(3), Pages 21-27.
- Military Hospitals on the Frontier of Colonial America [PDF format]. This 1997 article by Historical Archaeologist David R. Starbuck includes military hospital history in Philadelphia. Published in Expedition, the Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.Volume 39(1), Pages 33-45.
- Digging Up the Past: An Exhibit Review [PDF format]. This review presents an archaeological perspective on the First African Baptist Church Burial Grounds exhibit at the African American Museum of Philadelphia (AAMP). Written by historical archaeologist Patrice L. Jeppson, it was published in the September 2007 issue of the African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter.
- Engaging the Public Through Mortuary Archeology: Philadelphia's First African Baptist Church Cemeteries [PDF format]. This article by physical anthropologist Thomas A. J. Crist and archaeologist Daniel G. Roberts was published in 1996 in the government publication, CRM (No. 10 — 1996, Vol. 9, pages 5-7).
- Plates in Graves: An Africanism? Archaeologist John P. McCarthy prepared these comments for a panel discussion entitled 'Lessons from Historic Period Cemeteries'. It includes data on Philadelphia's First African Baptist Church Cemeteries. The talk was held at the 1998 Meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology, Atlanta.
- "Medical Archaeology in Philadelphia: A Study of Early Twentieth Century Medicine Bottles Excavated at Bartram's Garden" [PDF format] by Michael Parrington, 1981, Volume 23(3), Pages 34-38.
- "Acculturation in an Urban Setting: The Archaeology of a Black Philadelphia Cemetery" [PDF format], by Michael Parrington; Janet Wideman, 1986, Volume 28(1), Pages 55-62.
- Digging in the City of Brotherly Love, Stories from Philadelphia Archaeology, by Rebecca Yamin, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2008. Winner of the Society for American Archaeology 2010 prize for the best book in the public audience category, Digging in the City of Brotherly Love brings to life both Philadelphians from the past discovered through archaeology and the archaeologists in the present who tell their stories. Taking up where The Buried Past left off, Digging describes the archaeological projects conducted during the redevelopment of Independence Mall in the late 1990s and the results of analyzing the thousands of artifacts that belonged to the people who lived and worked there in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Among the residents were bureaucrats in the federal government when it was seated in Philadelphia and African Americans involved in the founding of St. Thomas's African Episcopal Church. In the eighteenth century the blocks buzzed with workers — coachmakers and cabinetmakers, butchers and bakers — and in the nineteenth century there were merchants who would become the city's middle class. The story of the enslaved members of George Washington's household is told and so is the story of the struggle that led to the memorial now standing on the site. The book also covers some landmark archaeological projects from the past including the excavation of two burial grounds belonging to the First African Baptist Church and the uncovering of a slipway used for repairing boats on the shore of the Delaware River. Digging in the City of Brotherly Love is an overview of archaeological research in Philadelphia and it is also an introduction to urban archaeology — to the methods used to make and interpret the finds and to the politics that surround the projects.
Witness to the Past: The Life and Works of John L. Cotter
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Philadelphia was home to John L. Cotter, a leader in the field of archaeology who is often thought of as a role model for current and future archaeologists. Cotter worked for the National Park Service in Philadelphia and at the University of Pennsylvania. He conducted and supervised archaeological research across the nation as well as here in the city, including within Independence Park.
Cotter's life story mirrors the development of 20th century American archaeology. This 2007 book gathers together a large number of his popular and scholarly works on Native American and Colonial American archaeology. An entire section of the book is devoted to Philadelphia Urban Archaeology. Also included are Cotter's writings about the importance of educating the public about archaeology and his reflections about working as an archaeologist during the Depression, about being a retired archaeologist, and of 'being there at the beginning' as a pioneer breaking new ground. Tributes and memorials submitted by his colleagues and by students he mentored summarize and analyze Cotter's contributions to the discipline. A vast bibliography of his works is provided that includes unpublished reports and manuscripts in the John Cotter Papers and Collections archived at Independence National Historical Park and at the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.
This informative and inspirational book was edited by archaeologists Daniel D. Roberts and David G. Orr. Its production was supported and promoted by the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum (PAF) which is dedicated to the protection and preservation of archaeological resources in the City of Philadelphia. Published by The Society for American Archaeology in cooperation with The Society for Historical Archaeology (ISBN: 0-932839-31-2 ), this volume is available for purchase at SAA Press.
- The Buried Past: An Archaeological History of Philadelphia. Edited by John L. Cotter, et al. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, c1992. 524 pages ISBN-10: 0812231422 ISBN-13: 978-0812231427
- Philadelphia and the Development of Americanist Archaeology. Edited by Don D. Fowler and David R. Wilcox. University of Alabama Press, 2003 Hardcover: 240 pages ISBN-10: 0817313117 ISBN-13: 978-0817313111 (also available in paperback)
- Workshop Of The World — A Selective Guide to the Industrial Archeology of Philadelphia. Oliver Evans Press, 1990; adapted for the internet in 2007. This 1990 guidebook, created by members of the Oliver Evans Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archeology (SIA) was recently reissued in cyberspace. At this new set of web pages, a sampling of the City of Philadelphia's industrial history is examined neighborhood by neighborhood. The sites included were selected based on three criteria: their cultural significance (historical, architectural, engineering, and or industrial reasons), their representation of the industries prominent to a specific neighborhood, or their status vis a vis imminent danger of demolition or collapse. Each chapter provides a discussion of the history and development of the neighborhood company, a discussion of its extant buildings and structures, and a discussion of the technologies, processes, and machines that survive in place. www.workshopoftheworld.com