University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Michael Parrington

Medical Archaeology in Philadelphia

A Study of Early Twentieth Century Medicine Bottles Excavated at Bartram's Garden

By: Michael Parrington

Introduction Bartram’s Garden, located on the Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia, was the home of John Bartram, the eighteenth century naturalist. Bartram’s house, a substantial masonry structure was built in 1731 as indicated by a date stone on the south end of the building. Various other structures survive on the site and comprise a large […]


Acculturation in an Urban Setting

The Archaeology of a Black Philadelphia Cemetery

By: Michael Parrington and Janet Wideman

Archaeologists have traditionally been interested in the excavation of cemeteries, an interest spurred by the rich grave goods found in many burial sites. Grave goods represent an expres¬≠sion of the feelings of the living at the time of death, and also the burial customs prevalent in a par¬≠ticular society. Interpretation of the significance of burial […]