Event – Detail

Noon Talk Virtual
October 4 at 12:00 PM
Archaeology In and Of the City: Why Bother?
Rebecca Yamin

The 2nd edition of Digging in the City of Brotherly Love: Stories from Philadelphia Archaeology includes three new chapters that illustrate how archaeology in the city reveals unexpected evidence of the past and provides a material record of the city becoming a city. Dr. Yamin will discuss several newly discovered burial grounds, nineteenth-century working-class neighborhoods uncovered during renovations to Interstate-95, and the long history of the site where the Museum of the American Revolution now stands. She will also talk about how ongoing archaeology adds to the buried record of what was previously known.

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Rebecca Yamin is a Philadelphia based historical archaeologist. As a principal archaeologist and project manager for John Milner Associates, Inc. she directed the analysis of 850,000 artifacts from the Five Points site in Lower Manhattan and also directed numerous data recovery projects in Philadelphia including the Independence Visitor Center and Liberty Bell Center sites on Independence Mall and the site of the Museum of the American Revolution on Third Street. Her major publications include Digging in the City of Brotherly Love: Stories from Philadelphia Archaeology, 1st edition, which won the 2010 Society for American Archaeology book award and Archaeology at the Site of the Museum of the American Revolution, A Tale of Two Taverns and the Growth of Philadelphia, which won the 2022 James Deetz book award from the Society for Historical Archaeology. She holds MA and PhD degrees from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.

This is a free event.