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The city of Philadelphia and its environs are unusually rich in archaeological remains. Here, at this web page, PAF provides a guide to archaeological attractions in our area and also posts online various features allowing for a virtual visit to Philadelphia’s archaeology. This page is a work in progress so be sure to check back from time to time:
What do Philadelphian’s do with Archaeology?
Archaeology Month (October)…Related Links


On line and In Person Exhibits

+ Digging The City: Archaeological Discoveries From the Philadelphia Waterfront (OnLine Exhibit)
+ War of 1812 Decorated Ceramic Pitchers
+ John E. Dowell Photographs of the President’s House Archaeology Site
+ Dipt, Dripped, and Dug (Overview of past exhibit)
+ Sister Cities Park, Logan Square (Interpretive Signage at location)
+ Native American Sites in the City of Philadelphia (Online Exhibit)


Philadelphia-Area Archaeology Blogs
+ West Shipyard Archaeological Study
+ Digging in the Archives: Archiving the Archaeological Research of Independence Park
+ Stenton Landscape Archaeological Project+ Digging on the Alley: Elphreth’s Alley
+ Excavating Elizabeth’s Garden: Rediscovering a Gendered Landscape, Archaeology at Graeme Park, Horsham, PA


Philadelphia Archaeology Videos

+ Archeologist Digs Up History as Playground Renovations are Underway (Bethel Burial Ground/Weccacoe Park Archaeological Testing)
+ Digging Into the Past at Elfreth’s Alley
+ One Archaeologist. One Filmmaker. One Law (Featuring local archaeologists)
+ The Parkway at Play – Sister Cities Park
+ That’s Where the Tunnel Is (Willy Sutton escape tunnel at Eastern State Penitentiary)
+ Archaeology at Bartram’s Garden


Each month, the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum hosts a write up about a recent artifact that has been discovered. You can read about local artifact discoveries here…
WHAT DO PHILADELPHIANS DO WITH ARCHAEOLOGY?______________________________________________

Click here… Each year, the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum joins with the Archeology Lab at Independence Park to bring forth the latest archaeological discoveries in our area. This public reporting of recent archaeological developments takes place during a free, day-long event on a Saturday during the month of October. The event represents a Philadelphia-area contribution to Pennsylvania Archaeology Month which is celebrated in October.


Dig Into Local Archaeology Sites!
Note: THIS SECTION IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. Please DO check back to see what develops!
James Oronoko Dexter House Site
Sofuso Japanese House and Garden
PHILLY ARCHAEOLOGY Elsewhere on the Web…
Philadelphia Neighborhood – Fishtown
Philadelphia Archaeology — Recovering Pieces of History in Fishtown
Hidden City Philadelphia
Queen Lane Dig Fails to Uncover Human Remains
Fox Creek Photography (SmugMug)
President’s House Archaeology
PastHorizons Adventures in Archaeology
Philadelphia’s Public Archaeology
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Early Settlement Archaeology
The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia
President’s House
SugarHouse Casino Archaeology Site on Former Jack Frost Sugar Refinery Site
Raising Traces Of The ‘Fallen’ Prostitute Asylum The Site Of A Dig
By Julia M. Klein, Inquirer Staff Writer, December 05, 1991
Relics Found At Franklin Institute Site, By Leonard W. Boasberg, Inquirer Staff Writer, November 03, 1988



Click here for related and useful links:
+Local Friends
+Useful Pennsylvania Links
+General Archaeology Links
+Archaeology Society Web Pages