Celebrate Pennsylvania Archaeology Month 2011
Explore Philly's Hidden Past
Celebrate Pennsylvania Archaeology Month!
History lives beneath your feet!
Meet Philadelphia archaeologists and learn about the latest historical treasures discovered in and around Philadelphia during the past year.
Saturday, October 1, 2011, 10AM–3:30PM
Place: National Constitution Center (Kirby Auditorium)
Corner of Fifth and Arch Streets, Philadelphia (See directions below)
This day-long event is free and open to all. No reservations necessary.
Independence National Historical Park
Philadelphia Archaeological Forum
Host: The National Constitution Center
|DIGGING IN AND AROUND PHILADELPHIA|
|10:15||Archaeology in Philadelphia: Year in Review The President of the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum gives a whirlwind tour of projects and other notable developments in Philadelphia archaeology that have occurred over the past year. (Douglas Mooney)|
|10:30||The Mystic Chords of Memory: Archaeology at the African American Community of Timbuctoo This presentation highlights the continued investigation into the African American community of Timbuctoo in Burlington County, NJ. Founded in the 1820’s, the community served as a station on the Underground Railroad and continues to be inhabited by descendants. Community descendants, archaeologists, and volunteers are working together to create a more holistic representation of Timbuctoo using archaeological evidence, written records, and oral history sources. (Christopher P. Barton, Mary Weston, Guy Weston)|
|10:45||A “Bonus” Site At the Muhlenberg House in Trappe A new excavation on the east side of the Henry Melchior Muhlenberg House in Trappe, PA is exploring the location of a Pennsylvania-German redware kiln. The kiln operated between 1720 and about 1750 and produced utilitarian pottery — the “Dixie” cups of the era. This talk reports on the first field season which uncovered two fireboxes and provided clues to what happened to the kiln stones after pottery production ended. (Louis Farrell, Temple University and The Archaeology Club)|
|11:00||Indians on the Waterfront and Glass Makers at Gunner’s Run This year, archaeological research undertaken as part of I-95 road construction work explored areas of Richmond Street in the Fishtown and Port Richmond neighborhoods of the city. Among many other findings, these excavations discovered thousands of Native American artifacts from campsites dating back 3,000 years or more, and just recently uncovered well-preserved sections of the Dyottville Glass Works beneath existing city streets. (Douglas Mooney)|
|11:15||Uncovering the Wheelwright Shop at Joanna Furnace, Berks County For the past six years, volunteers from the John Shrader Chapter 21 of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology have been excavating the remains of the Wheelwright Shop at Joanna Furnace. This presentation focuses on the results of the excavations and the role of students and nonprofessionals in uncovering the history of this iron-making site. (Cathy Spohn)|
|11:30||OLD SITES REVISTED AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES Three-Minute ‘Lightening Round’ Talks (LR#1)|
|ARTIFACTS FOUND IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Port Richmond, Northern Liberties, Old City|
|1:40||Where We Stand: The National Constitution Center Site Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow Between 2000 and 2003, archeological excavations were conducted on the site where the National Constitution Center now stands. The more than one-million artifacts recovered during the dig are shedding light on thousands of years of Philadelphia's history: from early Native American inhabitants to the residents of a long forgotten 18th and 19th century neighborhood. This presentation reviews the site’s history and the on-going research. (Jed Levin)|
|1:55||Three-Minute ‘Lightening Round’ Talks (LR#2)|
|2:10||Three-Minute ‘Lightening Round’ Talks (LR#3)|
|2:25||Urban and Un-refined: The Story of Colonoware and Buried Identity Colonoware is a type of pottery thought to be associated with Native American, African American, and other lower economic scale peoples living along the southeastern coast of North America. However, Colonoware has recently been discovered at urban archaeological sites in Philadelphia. What ethnic and social meanings might these objects hold for Philadelphia’s early residents? This talk discusses these clues to social identity that have remained buried until now. (Keri Sansevere)|
|2:40||DISCOVERIES IN THE HINTERLANDS: Brandywine, Marcus Hook, Berks County, Bucks County Three-Minute ‘Lightening Round’ Talks (LR #4)|
|2:55||Taverns and Meetinghouses — Backyard Battlefields — Discussion on Revolutionary War Battlefields in our backyards and a call for preservation From New England through the Mid-Atlantic to the Southern colonies, the American Revolutionary War was fought on land and sea. Many sites of these now famous victories and defeats have disappeared, lost to residential and commercial development. Here in the Delaware Valley communities have come together in a tireless effort to preserve the landscapes of these great struggles. In some cases only a monument remains but in others the battles are still being waged. (Kevin M Donaghy)|
|3:10||Ask the archaeologists — Questions and Answers about Philly Area Archaeology|
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215-409-6600)
*Ask for a discount voucher for the NCC parking garage at the event sign-in desk.
- From the South: Take I-95 North to Exit 22 for "Central Phila/I-676". Follow signs for Phila/Independence Hall/Callowhill Streets. Keep right at the fork in the ramp. Stay straight on Callowhill St. and turn left onto 8th Street. Take 8th Street to Race Street and turn left. Proceed through the light at 6th Street and turn right into the National Constitution Center parking garage.
- From the North: Take I-95 South to Exit 22 for "Central Phila/I-676". Follow signs for Phila/Independence Hall/Callowhill Streets and make a right at the light at the bottom of the ramp. Stay straight on Callowhill St. and turn left onto 8th Street. Take 8th Street to Race Street and turn left. Proceed through the light at 6th Street and turn right into the National Constitution Center parking garage.
- From the West: Take I-76 (PA Turnpike) to Exit 326 for "Valley Forge". Follow signs for Philadelphia I-76 East. Remain on I-76 East for about 25 miles until you see signs for Exit 344 "Central Phila" and take 676 East to the 8th Street exit. Make a right onto 8th Street and then a left onto Race Street. Proceed through the light at 6th Street and turn right into the National Constitution Center parking garage.
- From the East: Take the NJ Turnpike to Exit 4. Take Rt. 73 North to Rt. 38 West to US 30 and continue on US 30 West over the Ben Franklin Bridge (Rt. 676), crossing into Philadelphia. Stay in the left lane and go straight through the light following the sign for "8th Street South/Chinatown". Take a left onto 8th Street, and another left onto Race Street. Proceed through the light at 6th Street and turn right into the National Constitution Center parking garage.
By Public Transportation
- SEPTA offers a variety of options including subway, trolley and bus service throughout the city and area. The Market-Frankford subway line stops one block from the Center at 5th and Market Streets. Multiple bus routes run along Market Street as well. For additional information call the SEPTA Travel Information Center at (215) 580-7800 or visit www.septa.org.
- PATCO Speedline is a quick way to travel from South Jersey into Center City Philadelphia. PATCO has 4 Center City stops, the closest being at 8th and Market Streets. For more information call (856) 772-6900 or visit www.drpa.org/patco.
- Amtrak provides service to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station at 30th and Market Streets. Save 20% off the best available rail fare on Amtrak travel to Philadelphia between June 27 and September 17, 2003. Blackouts: July 3-7, August 29-September 3, 2003. Request discount code V707 when you book online at www.amtrak.com or 800-USA-RAIL. This discount is valid for travel in the Northeast Corridor on unreserved Regional trains. Travel on reserved Regional Trains, Acela Express, and Metroliners is prohibited. Other restrictions may apply.
For any additional directions, or for maps of the Philadelphia region, please visit gophila.com.