Ilene Grossman-Bailey

Ilene Grossman-Bailey – A Day of Archaeology, July 2014

Ilene Grossman-Bailey, Jennifer Palmer, Wendy Miervaldis, and Chris Setzer excavting at Summerseat in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Ilene Grossman-Bailey, Jennifer Palmer, Wendy Miervaldis, and Chris Setzer excavting at Summerseat in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

July 9th, 2014
I work as a professional archaeologist and I’m active on the board of the Archaeological Society of NJ. Today my work combined field work and office work. I performed a pedestrian reconnaissance of a location proposed for a bridge replacement in a rural part of Burlington County, New Jersey that is still very close to areas that have undergone significant development. The project requires an archaeological survey under New Jersey laws protecting freshwater wetlands. I walked over the entire project area and took photos. I looked at the topographic relief, setting, vegetation cover, and levels of disturbance, in order to assess the potential for prehistoric and historic archaeological resources. I spoke with a colleague about prehistoric sites in the vicinity of the project site. This afternoon, I examined historic maps and wrote up the field work portion of my report. Another aspect of an archaeological practice involves teaching and to that end I reviewed texts and articles, including a fascinating one about Richard III’s remains found in a car park in the UK, for an upcoming Spring 2015 Introduction to Archaeology class. I also looked over the results of a local dig I did with volunteers in my town in Bucks County last month toward writing up the results and planning the next dig day.
Ilene Grossman-Bailey, Ph.D., RPA
Senior Archaeologist
Richard Grubb & Associates, Inc.
Cranbury New Jersey (USA)

One Day of Archaeology for the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum’s Webmaster

Besides my teaching and my public archaeology research, my archaeological life includes serving as webmaster for the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of archaeological resources in the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. PAF advises agencies and the general public on archaeological matters and encourages communication about, and support for, the publication of information concerning the archaeology of the city. The group’s webpages are designed to be the ‘go to’ place for information on the area’s archaeology. PAF is open to all and its membership includes, among others, avocational archaeologists, architects, historians, journalists, school teachers, college students, community organizers, university researchers, private sector archaeologists, retired persons, preservation specialists, and museum professionals.

What I did today, July 14th, is coordinate contributions from our area for the Philadelphia Day of Archaeology, which is a local version of the international Day of Archaeology blogging project. The Philadelphia version gathers and collates local project submissions and posts them both at the webpages of the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum and at the international project’s blog posting site. The Philadelphia version of the project also welcomes archaeologists as well as anyone else working with or even visiting archaeology resources locally in the Philadelphia area – be they tour guides, media specialists, volunteers, students, local historians, journalists, teachers, preservation specialists, cultural resource managers, park rangers, museum folks, artists, etc., etc. PAF’s localized objective is to learn about, and share information about, what people in the Philadelphia area do with archaeology on a given day. In past years this has included the writing of archaeological reports and the reading of such reports, presenting a tour featuring archaeological sites and excavating a site. We have heard from volunteers washing artifacts for reconstructing objects and from college students photographing artifacts for 3D computational modeling of artifacts. Others used archaeology in preparing and teaching their lectures and graded papers that used archaeology evidence. Some spent their day writing for the public about archaeology and others were evaluating archaeology evidence for a state agency, supervising volunteers on archaeology projects and some just checked the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum Facebook page on the day in question.

So far this year (today) I have been fielding entries from a forensic archaeologist (Kimberlee Sue Moran) teaching teachers at a Forensic Science Education Conference, an historical archaeologist bringing her insights to family history and genealogy studies (Karen Lind Brauer), and a Ph.D. candidate working with volunteers to process artifacts recovered from the oldest extant residential street in the US (Deirdre Kelleher). I’ve been posting write ups about the busy day of the President of a local CRM firm (Kenneth J. Basalik) and the workday of two university researchers (David G. Orr and Michael Stewart). Three individuals are reporting on activities with local archaeology societies in the area (myself, with the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum, and Ilene Grossman-Bailey and Jesse Walker with the Archaeological Society of New Jersey). Lastly, there are three entries I am creating pages for that deal with a local university research effort using cutting edge digital media to interpret African American archaeology in the Philadelphia area (Glen Muschio, Chester Cunanan and Matt Moldzienski).

Taken together, these entries provide an important look at how archaeology is used in our area. By posting these at the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum webpage we can easily demonstrate that both archaeological research and the use of such research results contributes in multiple ways to the Philadelphia area. Forwarded to the international blogging project, these entries stand shoulder to shoulder with the important and exciting work of our global colleagues profiled as part of the international Day of Archaeology project!

Patrice L. Jeppson, Ph.D.
Philadelphia Archaeological Forum
Philadelphia Pennsylvania USA