Independence Seaport Museum hosts waterfront archaeology exhibit

    • Waterfront artifacts on display at Independence Seaport Museum
      Waterfront artifacts on display at Independence Seaport Museum

The collection of historical artifacts found as PennDOT rebuilds I-95 through Philadelphia continues to grow, and many findings will be on display at the Independence Seaport Museum from Sept. 21 to Feb.  3.

Independence Seaport Museum has partnered with URS to present "Digging the City: Archaeological Discoveries from the Philadelphia Waterfront". The exhibition, located in the Museum’s 2nd floor Community Gallery, is included with the cost of regular admission.

Discoveries so far have included Native American artifacts that are thousands of years old and, household-related items that show how Philadelphians lived during colonial times and relics of the city's early industrial past.

URS archaeologists were hired by PennDOT to do the work, which is required under the National Historic Preservation Act because federal dollars are being spent in the roadway project.

Learn more about some of the archaeological work involved in this project from previous coverage here and here.

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Kellie Patrick Gates, Waterfront, casinos, planning reporter

Kellie Patrick Gates writes about planning, neighborhood development and the Central Delaware Waterfront. A journalist for more than two decades, she  worked for daily newspapers in Central Pennsylvania, Upstate New York and South Florida before coming to Philadelphia in 2003 to write for the Inquirer. Her work has appeared on PlanPhilly since 2007, and she also writes Love, the Inquirer's weekly wedding column. A native of Elk County, Pa., Kellie lives with her husband, Gary, and their dog and two cats.

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