Learn about PAF here…Learn about the ‘Area F’ archaeological project here…
Public Service Announcement (PSA) video
Click on the car or artifacts in the picture or click here to activate the video!
Learn more about this new Archaeology Month Public Service Announcement here…

Punch Bowl Recovered from the site of the new Museum of the American Revolution.
See past ‘Artifacts of the Month’ items here…

What do Philadelpha-area archaeologists do?
What do local Philadelphians do with archaeology?

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.
READ the 2015 submissions here…
(and read the submissions for 2014, 2013, and 2012 here!


Penn Museum, Penn Library –
In honor of the Papal visit to Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families
Sacred Writings: Extraordinary Texts of the Biblical World

August 15 through November 7, 2015
In honor of the first visit by Pope Francis and the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, the Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) is offering a special focus on the ancient Near East, Egypt, and the Bible Lands—with a limited-time-only display of rare artifacts from the collections of the University of Pennsylvania and the Penn Libraries’ collections, for public viewing. Highlights of the exhibition include, among other items, the following:
+ One of the world’s oldest fragments of the gospel of Saint Matthew, written on papyrus and dating to the 3rd century CE. Once part of a codex (book), this fragment, written in ancient Greek, contains the beginning of the Gospel of Matthew (Ch 1. Verses 1-9, 12, 14-20), which begins with the lineage of Jesus, then describes how Mary became with child by the Holy Spirit.
+ An ancient clay tablet in Sumerian cuneiform from the site of Nippur in Mesopotamia (now in Iraq), ca. 1650 BCE, containing the earliest version of the Mesopotamian flood story. A version of this tale became incorporated into the Epic of Gilgamesh, and tells of a flood that destroyed humankind; the story closely parallels the biblical story of Noah.
+ Two folios from a richly decorated, illuminated Qur’an from Iran, copied and signed by its scribe in Hamadan in 1164. The copy is written with black ink in cursive Naskh Arabic script, and features the complete text of the Qur’an, with commentary in red script. The exhibited pages feature the Surah Nuh (Noah), with a mention of the Flood and Noah’s role as admonisher.
In addition to the special exhibition, visitors interested in the biblical era and region may also view rare art, artifacts and large-scale photographs in several galleries: the Museum’s renowned Egypt (Sphinx) gallery and a side gallery, Amarna, Ancient Egypt’s Place in the Sun; Iraq’s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur’s Royal Cemetery; Canaan and Ancient Israel; and Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug, featuring large-scale photographs of Byzantine-era churches in Constantinople (Istanbul) and the Cappadocia region of Turkey.
Learn more here… and here…

bbbbWhispering Woods – the blog (Spring-Summer 2015) for a Phase II archaeological excavation located in Salem Co, NJ, being conducted by Rutgers–Camden undergraduate students in collaboration with archaeologists from the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation.


First Pennsylvanians: The Archaeology of Native Americans in Pennsylvania
By Kurt W. Carr, PhD, Senior Curator of Archaeology at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, and Roger W. Moeller, PhD

In First Pennsylvanians, Kurt Carr and Roger Moeller provide a broad, accessible, and wide-ranging overview of the archaeological record of Native Americans in Pennsylvania from early prehistory through the Paleoindian, Archaic, Transitional, Woodland, and Contact periods, stretching from 16,500 years ago to 1750 c.e. The authors present and analyze specific traits of each archaeological time period covered and use the archaeological record to provide a glimpse of Native Americans’ daily life in Pennsylvania. First Pennsylvanians also includes personal stories and anecdotes from archaeologists about their experiences in the field as well as a wealth of illustrations and diagrams. The chapters examine the environment, social groups, tools, subsistence, and settlements of patterns of Native Americans in Pennsylvania and describe how these factors profoundly affected the populations and cultures of these early inhabitants of the region.

256 pages, paperback; 124 color photos and illustrations. This Commonwealth of Pennsylvania publication can be purchased here…


paposter15Archaeology Month is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology, Inc., and the Pennsylvania Archaeological Council. Its purpose is to increase awareness of the important historic and prehistoric archaeological sites in the Commonwealth. These sites are part of the heritage of all Pennsylvanians. Everyday, archaeological sites are destroyed. We hope that through the Archaeology Month events, more Pennsylvanians become aware of this part of our history and work to protect our endangered resources.