By Carolyn Horlacher
Lab tech, URS Corporation
Burlington, New Jersey, USA (Posted by the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum webmaster)
Today is the beginning of my last week working full-time in archaeology for at least two years. It is bittersweet. I began working at URS Corporation in Burlington, New Jersey, USA (right outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) as an intern during my senior year in college and now almost three years later I am leaving to start a new academic venture. In September I will be starting my first year of graduate school at UMass Boston. I am spending today wrapping up unfinished projects. This includes marking and gluing mended objects, cataloging artifacts, doing historic research and beginning to pack up the contents of my desk. I am primarily working on the lab work for a site excavated in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. It is along interstate 95 and is part of a project URS is conducting for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. Currently, I am working on gluing a cut glass lamp shade that belonged to a gas lamp. It was excavated with a household assemblage and dates to the second half of the 19th century. Gluing mended artifacts is one of my favorite lab tasks, it brings everything full circle!