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Traces of Lenapehoking: 
The Preservation of Native American Archaeological Sites 
in Philadelphia

A presentation by Douglas B. Mooney, Sr. Archaeologist, 
URS Corporation, Burlington, NJ

Two decades ago the prevailing wisdom maintained that is was extremely unlikely that an intact Native American site would ever be found in Philadelphia. In the years since, archaeologists have turned that earlier interpretation on its head, and have successfully identified and excavated more than fifteen Native encampments in the most heavily developed sections of the city.


These sites, and the artifacts found within them, are helping to piece together the first 5,000 years of Philadelphia’s history, resulting in a better understanding of the area’s original inhabitants and their rich cultural heritage. A display of Native American artifacts recovered from along the Delaware Waterfront will accompany this presentation.

Douglas B. Mooney is a Senior Archaeologist with the URS Corp., located in Burlington, New Jersey, with 25 years experience in archaeology and cultural resources management. He holds a BA in Anthropology from West Virginia University (1987) and earned his MA in Anthropology from Pennsylvania State University (1994).

Since 1999 Mr. Mooney has worked primarily in Philadelphia, where he has directed the investigations of the National Constitution Center, James Oronoco Dexter, and President’s House Sites, among others. He is currently co- directing the archaeological excavations for PennDOT’s I-95/Girard Avenue Improvement Project along the Delaware Waterfront.

Board Meeting at 10:00 am
Lunch at Noon
Presentation at 1:00 pm
at the
Holiday Inn (now a Wyndham)
at 4th and Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA

Please see our meeting announcement  for more details, including lunch choices and maps.

If you plan to attend, call Tom Brady by February 28th at 215-342-7614. Please let us know if you will be joining us for lunch.

(The meeting is free, with the exception of the cost of lunch.)






May, 2013