Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Archives & Artifacts

One of the perks of doing research in (and about) Philadelphia is the amazing archives throughout the city.  This past week, I visited the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, as well as the Library and Archives at the National Park Service's Independence National Historic Park.  Both had great information about urban archaeology completed in Old City, along with a bit of information specifically about the Alley.  The buildings that house these two archives are beautiful historic structures in their own right.

Interior & Exterior of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Merchants' Exchange Building, Library & Archives, NPS Independence National Historic Park

We have been continuing to wash artifacts throughout the Holiday season.  This Friday (12/21) will be our last day of artifact processing before the new year.  Below is a picture of the volunteers hard at work!  We also had a visit from Temple’s Office of University Communications.  They are putting together a video highlighting the archaeology the Alley.  Stay tuned for the video!

Volunteers dry brushing and wet washing artifacts

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