The Buried Past
An Archaeological History of Philadelphia
John L. Cotter, Daniel G. Roberts, and Michael Parrington
568 pages | 8 1/2 x 11 | 441 illus.
Cloth 1992 | ISBN 978-0-8122-3142-7 | $79.95s | £52.00 | Add to cart
"The book is a giant treasure hunt for anyone interested in Philadelphia, both the built and the unbuilt, her history and her soul. The authors have crafted a useful, authoritative, interesting, and lucid work."—Philadelphia Architect
The Buried Past presents the most significant archaeological discoveries made in one of America's most historic cities. Based on more than thirty years of intensive archaeological investigations in the greater Philadelphia area, this study contains the first record of many nationally important sites linking archaeological evidence to historical documentation, including Interdependence and Valley Forge National Historical Parks. It provides an archaeological tour through the houses and life-ways of both the great figures and the common people. It reveals how people dined, what vessels and dishes they used, and what their trinkets (and secret sins) were.