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A Wealth Of Data From The Lives Of The Poor – Wringing All The Information Out Of A Historic Archaeological Site

Author(s): Mara Kaktins

Year: 2016

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When presented with the opportunity to fully excavate a site or feature, especially in an area of such historic importance as Philadelphia, there is an obligation to maximize the amount of information you can extract from the dirt.  Preservation conditions within a privy associated with the First Philadelphia City Almshouse were excellent, warranting a careful methodological approach to recover as much data as possible.  The anaerobic contexts within the water-logged feature yielded thousands of seeds, insect remains, fish bones and scales, eggshells, textiles, wood and leather fragments, and even microscopic evidence of human tissue and blood cells.  This paper will discuss the techniques utilized during this excavation which resulted in massive amounts of data recovered on a shoestring budget.


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A Wealth Of Data From The Lives Of The Poor – Wringing All The Information Out Of A Historic Archaeological Site. Mara Kaktins. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435075)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 747

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America