The Buried Past: An Archaeological History of Philadelphia

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992 - History - 524 pages
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The Buried Past presents the most significant archaeological discoveries made in one of America's most historic cities. Based on more than thirty years of intensive archaeological investigations in the greater Philadelphia area, this study contains the first record of many nationally important sites linking archaeological evidence to historical documentation, including Interdependence and Valley Forge National Historical Parks. It provides an archaeological tour through the houses and life-ways of both the great figures and the common people. It reveals how people dined, what vessels and dishes they used, and what their trinkets (and secret sins) were.

 

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Contents

Setting the Stage
1
Philadelphia in Historic Times
30
17011775
39
17731783
48
18301860
57
18601901
65
Archaeological Sites in Downtown Philadelphia
73
Independence Hall and
74
Philadelphias Elite Burial Customs
199
The Saga of the Unknown Soldier and
205
Artifacts from the Walnut Street Prison
211
The Long and the Short of It
217
From Sand to Asphalt on
227
Some of the Earliest Evidence
234
A Study in Continuity
242
Forgotten Defender
252

The Houses of William Penn
79
Benjamin Franklins Lost House
86
A Surprising Find
97
How a Good Man Lived above the Evils
119
Fleeting Visits and Lasting
127
Historical Archaeology
135
Artifacts from Franklins House and Market Street
142
Old Philadelphia
152
Not So Genteel
162
How to Reduce Recidivism
170
Another Surprising Find
181
From Coinage to Coin Bank
191
The Franklin Square Powder Magazine
263
Germantown
322
James Logans Country Estate
332
The Nations First Summer White
343
The Story of How an Unknown British Soldier of the Battle
351
Montgomery County
376
part rv Archaeological Perspectives
446
Directions for Future
460
References Cited
479
Index
515
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