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Dozens Of Coffins Discovered At Construction Site In Old City
New construction at 218 Arch Street uncovered intact burials from the First Baptist Cemetery.

Excavation First Baptist 1 (1:05 minutes), Philly.com, March 8, 2017
Excavation First Baptist 2 (1:10 minutes), Philly.com, March 8, 2017

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Artifacts recovered at the site of the Museum of the American Revolution (3rd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia) are showcased in this 1.40 minute long CBS news story (KYW TV) broadcast on December 6th, 2016.
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gggA Quaker School and print shop once located behind the Bristol Cultural and Heritage Foundation building was the site of a public excavation event on October 30, 2106. The excavation was conducted by archaeologist Jesse Walker working with Bristol High School and Snyder-Girotti Elementary school students. Video (1:24 minutes)
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jjThe President’s House Site in Center City East, Philadelphia (YouTube video, 5.35 minutes long)
*PAF is not responsible for the text that accompanies this YouTube video which is part of the “Best Places in Philadelphia” series. (The text has some erroneous facts but it otherwise a really nice effort.) Most importantly, the images of the President’s House site on this video are wonderful.
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Red Bank Battlefield Cannon Discovery


See the raising of the discovered Revolutionary War cannon!
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shofuso garden archaeologyArchaeological Dig at Shofuso Japanese House in Philadelphia, July 30, 2015 (New Jersey.com) This video was taken during the summer of 2015, while archeologists explored this Fairmount Park location looking for evidence of the Japanese bazaar that stood during the 1876 Centennial Exhibition.
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constrMonitoring at Independence Park: Resource Protection on a City Block Once Occupied by, among other Structures, the Office of the Secretary of the Navy
Archeological monitoring took place in July, 2015, in Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia on the block where the Second Bank of the United States still stands (between 3rd and 4th Streets and Walnut and Chestnut Streets). Between the 18th and late 20th century, this downtown Philadelphia block housed many dozens of homes, offices, and businesses which were built, modified, taken down and or replaced any number of times before the establishment of Independence Park some 50 plus years ago. One such structure, long ago lost to the passage of time, was the office of the Secretary of the Navy. This location is identified today in Independence Park by signage posted alongside a raised brick foundation outline positioned over the vicinity of the original structure’s foundations. Regular upkeep of the park’s infrastructure includes rehabbing the paving and drainage on the block originally constructed between 1950 and 1970. In this maintenance, as in all NPS park maintenance efforts, advance planning is designed to minimize impacts to any cultural resources. This video, from a July 21st, 2015 posting on the Independence NHP Facebook page, provides a short interview with INHP Archeologist Jed Levin who is monitoring the work on site. In it, Levin explains how monitoring of construction projects is still done whenever there is even a slight possibility that construction work might intrude below the layers of demolition rubble dating to the making of the park between 1950 and 1970.
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Mastodon3Benjamin Franklin and the Mastodon Tooth
This Artifact Spotlight (podcast) at archaeologyabout.com was created by Kris Hirst with Patrice L. Jeppson in 2005. It drew upon Jeppson’s study of Franklin-related archaeology undertaken for the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary Consortium.
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The Teeth Beneath Your Feet: Oddities in Urban Archaeology Podcast (36:50)
This podcast (Episode 90 of the monthly Chemical Heritage Foundation podcast series Distillations) explores the I-95 excavations and the archaeology of Elfreths Alley and talks with archaeologists Doug Mooney and Deirdre Kelleher. (June 30, 2014)
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Archeologist Digs Up History as Playground Renovations are Underway (Bethel Burial Ground/Weccacoe Park Archaeological Testing) Video shows archaeologists reporting the excavation findings to the public during an on-site visit on June 24th. (YouTube, 6.21 minutes)
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Archaeological Excavation at the Dyottville Glass Works (Vimeo 3.56 min). This video, made by archaeologists at URS Corporation (Burlington, NJ), shows excavations at the Dyottville Glass Works site along the Philadelphia waterfront, north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
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Digging Into the Past at Elfreth’s Alley (Temple University, Dec. 20, 2012)
Video where Temple University doctoral student, Deirdre Kelleher, discusses her research at an archaeological site in Elfreth’s Alley — Philadelphia’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street.
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Just Below Your Feet
One Archaeologist. One Filmmaker. One Law. This 15 minute, video short, from a longer film created by students Stephanie Bowen and Sarah Griggs, interviews Pennsylvania archaeologists about Act 70. This amendment, which was backed by developers, changed the state history code and significantly impacted archaeological preservation in the Commonwealth. The video segment (on YouTube) includes an interview with PAF member Douglas Mooney and contains visuals of the President’s House Site in Independence National Historical Park as well as PAF-related Archaeology Month publicity materials.(2013)
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The Parkway at Play – Sister Cities Park
Minute 5 of this 9.09 minute video presents information on the graveyard that archaeologists examined during the development of Sister Cities Park at Logan Circle in Philadelphia, PA. (May 24, 2012)
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The President’s House in Philadelphia: Liberty, Slavery, and the Creation of a New Nation/The President’s House à Philadelphie : la liberté, l’esclavage, et la création d’une nouvelle nation. Publié le vendredi 20 avril 2012 · Mis à jour le vendredi 1 juin 2012, Archéologie de l’esclavage colonial. Par Jed Levin, musée d’archéologie et d’anthropologie de l’université de Pennsylvanie.

English and French (dubbed) videos of a presentation that Jed Levin made on the President’s House site in Paris, France in 2012. Levin was invited to present the research as part of a conference on the archaeology of colonial slavery. The conference was held in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in France. (21 minutes, 28 seconds)
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“That’s Where the Tunnel Is”. Excavation exploring the Willy Sutton escape tunnel at Eastern State Penitentiary. (Oct. 12, 2010)
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Archaeology at Bartram’s Garden Video presenting information on an archaeological dig performed along the Lower Schuylkill wetland at Bartram’s Garden (Philadelphia, PA) in January 2012.
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President’s House
WHYY video presenting the excavations of the President’s House showing how the Liberty Bell Pavilion is built over the site of slave quarters at President George Washington’s house at 6th and Market Streets.
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A Tour of Abolitionism in Philadelphia, (President’s House archaeological site is discussed starting at Minute 17, in the second segment of video), Friday Arts|WHYY, Nov. 4th, 2016

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Archaeological Search for More of West Shipyard Underway
PLANPHILLY video (8:23 minutes) with archaeologist Wade Catts explaining the West Shipyard excavations undertaken by John Milner, Assoc. for the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation. (July 18, 2013)
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Dyottville Glass Works Unearthed in PennDot Dig
PlanPhilly “Eye on the Street” Video that presents URS Archeologist Doug Mooney as he explains the Dyottville industrial history, from the period of John Hewson’s calico factory, through Dyottville glassworks, and the subsequent glass works that remained on site until the 1890s. (January 23, 2012)
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Archeology Methods and Interpretation – President’s House
In this video at the Independence National Historical Park website, Jed Levin briefly discusses the role of archaeology in finding out the history of the President’s House site.


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