Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Artifact Processing

Although there will be no formal archaeological excavation at Elfreth's Alley this summer, there are still opportunities to get your hands dirty cleaning artifacts!  Throughout the summer, we will be cleaning and processing artifacts recovered from investigations along the Alley.  Artifact processing takes place at Temple University's Anthropology Laboratory.  The Volunteer Opportunities section of the blog has the most updated schedule of lab days, an online signup sheet for volunteering, and  directions to the lab.  We have already started processing and rediscovered some engaging artifacts.  Come out and join in the lab work fun!
Gail washing artifacts.

Wendy hard at work.

Head of a toothbrush

artifacts cleaned and ready to dry

Friday, June 6, 2014

Elfreth’s Alley’s Annual Fete Day Tomorrow, June 7th!

Tomorrow Elfreth’s Alley hosts its Annual Fete Day!  The event celebrates the history of the small street with lots of fun activities for all ages.  As is tradition, the alley residents’ will open their homes for the general public to tour.   Also according to the Elfreth’s Alley Museum Facebook Page the event will include “new activities like carriage rides and 18th century family photo portraits.”  This is always a enjoyable summer event and the weather promises to be delightful!  The Museum is advertising 20% off adult tickets with the code FBFETE20.   Tickets are available for purchase online here. Be sure to check out the festivities tomorrow!