Friday, September 20
Urban Archaeology and Historic Preservation
- 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Registration, Networking, and Breakfast
- 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Program
St. Stephen’s Church
19 South 10th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
$35 – Members (Preservation Alliance and BIA Members)
$60 – All Others
Join us to learn about and discuss archaeological best practices in the City of Philadelphia.
- Doug Mooney and Jed Levin, President and Vice President of the Philadelphia Archaeological Forum
- Casey Hanson, Archaeologist, Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
- Rebecca Yamin, PhD, author of Digging in the City of Brotherly Love
Moderated by: Stephan Salisbury, Philadelphia Inquirer
Come learn from this expert panel about past successes, missteps, and where urban archaeology might go from here. Enjoy a tour of the Furness Burial Cloister.
Email Susan Matyas for more information.
The Furness Burial Cloister at St. Stephen’s
When St. Stephen’s reopened with a new mission in 2017, the incoming team unearthed an unexpected feature of the church: Lying intact beneath the late-nineteenth-century annexes to the north was the original churchyard. Some tomb slabs became part of the floor but were repeatedly covered with carpet–and damaged in the process.
This discovery led the team, which planned simply to replace worn carpet and compromised flooring, to instead rethink the use of the zone—starting with the floor. That expansive surface, the team decided, would display all nine original vaults in a commemorative space to be called the Furness Burial Cloister, after the architect of the transept that covered them. The aim was to physically, symbolically, and ritually reintegrate the dead into the present, within a space with such varied history.