JULY 2015-ARTIFACT OF THE MONTH
Clews “States Border” (“America and Independence”) Plate, ca. 1826-1834
Registration now open for
PENNSYLVANIA STATEWIDE CONFERENCE ON HERITAGE
July 8-10 • State Museum of Pennsylvania • Harrisburg, PA
Archaeology features in at least 2 sessions:
The Archaeology of Colonial Military Sites in Pennsylvania (Session). With excavations at Camp Security in York County and Fort Shirley in Huntingdon County appearing in the popular press, this is clearly a topic that has caught the public’s imagination. This session will feature presentations on excavations at Valley Forge, Fort Shirley and Hanna’s Town, and will highlight three of the Commonwealth’s most important military sites ranging across the State and dating from the beginning of the French and Indian War to the end of the American Revolution.
PennDOT Secretary’s Special Session (Session)
Future Past: Planning a 21st Century Transportation Network in One of America’s Most Historic Landscapes
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What is it?
The Philadelphia Day of Archaeology is the local version of an international project that is designed to provide a window into the lives of archaeologists and to those whose work engages with archaeology. The International Day of Archaeology is a blogging project that began in 2011. The Philadelphia version gathers and collates local project submissions and posts them both at the webpages of the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum and at the international project’s blog posting site.
The Philadelphia version of the ‘Day of Archaeology’ project welcomes archaeologists and anyone else working with or even visiting archaeology resources locally in the Philadelphia area– be they tour guides, media specialists, volunteers, students, local historians, journalists, teachers, preservation specialists, cultural resource managers, park rangers, museum folks, artists, etc., etc. The objective is to share information about what one does with archaeology on a given day. This can be anything from writing a report to reading a report, presenting a tour with sites to excavating on a site, washing artifacts for reconstructing objects to photographing artifacts for 3D computational modeling of artifacts, preparing/teaching a lecture or lesson plan to grading papers that use archaeology evidence, writing for the public about archaeology or evaluating archaeology for a state or federal agency, supervising volunteers or being an archaeology volunteer, even just checking the PAF Facebook page or these web pages count (if that is what was done with archaeology on that day)!
Public Archaeology Program at Newlin Grist Mill, July 18
The Archaeology Program seeks to evaluate archaeological resources and explore research questions concerning the development of the Newlin Grist Mill historic site while enhancing public knowledge and providing opportunities for the public to participate in the archeological process. Excavations are conducted under the leadership of professional archaeologist Keith Doms with assistance from members of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology and volunteers from the community. Individuals and groups throughout the region volunteer one Saturday per month assisting with excavations and artifact cleaning. The project is bringing to light new evidence that reshapes earlier perceptions.
Since 2010, the Newlin Grist Mill has conducted archaeological testing around the Miller’s House. Excavations have revealed that the yard surrounding the house was significantly built up with successive layers of fill. The goal has been to find artifacts and traces of the yard that date to the 1700’s so that we can better understand how the first residents lived. Excavations have uncovered a series of walls and fill soils deposited to raise the level of the yard. The artifacts recovered so far date from the 1800’s through the 1900’s. In 2013, excavations finally reached the level from the early 18th century.
Most recently, the program has focused on excavating a structure that is believed to be a privy and investigating the Newlin store. Excavation of a midden near the store has provided a glimpse into the material culture from the 1880’s to the 1940’s. Artifacts recovered include food containers, bottles, bones, and an assortment of metal objects still being identified. The most surprising object discovered was a copper stencil found at the surface.
From April to October, we offer a monthly community archaeology program, which is an opportunity for interested community members to survey, excavate, and clean artifacts. In 2015, the program will be continuing to focus on the Trimble House privy and the area behind the Archive building. If you are interested in joining us or want more information, call 610.459.2359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Dates: (Saturdays) July 18 September 19 October 17
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Location: Meet in front of the Mill
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