I was lucky enough to be asked to be one of the guests on the Chemical Heritage Foundation's most recent Distillations Podcast about Urban Archaeology. Distillations is a really neat podcast in which its hosts Michal Meyer, a historian of science, and Bob Kenworthy, a chemist, delve into the science behind various objects and topics such as alchemy, chicken nuggets, nuclear power, zombies, and many more.
This newest podcast, “The Teeth Beneath Your Feet: Oddities in Urban Archaeology”, discusses the basics of urban archaeology as well the details of a few archaeological project in Philadelphia including Elfreth's Alley. Doug Mooney, president of the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum and
senior archaeologist at URS corporation, is another guest, and he
discusses the ongoing archaeological excavations along Interstate-95 in Philadelphia. A highlight of the podcast is that it includes a few interviews with volunteers who helped out cleaning artifacts from Elfreth's Alley in July.
You can listen to the podcast here. There is also a free smartphone app available for download. Just search “Distillations podcast” in the app/iTunes store.
The Chemical Heritage Foundation's blog has some other cool archaeology-related material including information about a recent archaeology exhibit about the finds from the Interstate-95 project.
It was great experience to be part of the podcast! Thanks to all those involved with the Distillations Podcast and the CHF for inviting me to participate!