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2021 Workshops in Archaeology

September 15, 2021

Filed under Events, Programs, Virtual Learning

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Hidden Stories: Uncovering African American History Through Archaeology and Community Engagement

The lives of African Americans prior to the 20th century are poorly documented in the historic record and frequently biased. In addition, the contributions of enslaved, indentured, and free African Americans are mostly missing from our history books and museum exhibits. Archaeology is a method that can be used to help fill this gap in our understanding of past cultural behavior in Pennsylvania. This year’s Workshops in Archaeology will feature an overview of several African American archaeological investigations and community archaeology projects in Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic.

Registration: Virtual via Zoom suggested donation of $25.

This 2021 Workshop is now offered exclusively via virtual platform. 

Visit Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation to register. 

Updated Virtual Schedule Coming Soon Click for a full description of each session. PDF Document

9:00 AM Opening Remarks

Beth Hager, Director, The State Museum of Pennsylvania

9:10 AM – 9:30 AM Free Black Communities and Archaeology

Alexandra Jones, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Practice in History and Anthropology, Goucher college, Towson, MD, founder of the Archaeology in the Community, and Consultant, The State Museum of Pennsylvania

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM The Hallowed Ground Project in Pennsylvania

Barbara Barksdale, CTA, Friends of Midland Cemetery, Steelton, PA, and Chair, Hallowed Ground Project

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Break

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM The Role of Archaeology in Bridging Informational Gaps Between Diasporic Communities: A Case Study at Pandenarium, Mercer County

Samantha Taylor, Archaeologist, New South Associates, Greensboro, NC

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Telling Untold Stories of Underrepresented Populations

Angela Jaillet-Wentling M.A., RPS, Cultural Resources Program Coordinator, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

11:30 AM – 12 Noon A Gift to the Nation: The Perkins-Dennis Farm, an African American Farm in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier

Wade P. Catts, RPA, President/Principal, South River Heritage Consulting, LLC, Board Member, Dennis Farm Charitable Land Trust

12 Noon – 1:15 PM Lunch Break

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM African American Archaeology in Philadelphia

Douglas Mooney, Senior Archaeologist, AECOM

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM African American Archaeology in Gettysburg

Erik Kreusch, Archaeologist, Gettysburg National Military Park

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Break

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Communities Reclaiming Ancestral Lands through Public Archaeology: A Case Study from Presidential Plantation

Matthew Reeves, Director of Archaeology, Montpelier Plantation in Virginia, home of President James Madison

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Keynote – Cheryl LaRoche, Ph.D., Lecturer, University of Maryland College Park

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Panel Discussion: The Future of African American Community Archaeology in Pennsylvania – Alexandra Jones, Cheryl LaRoche, Barbara Barksdale, Angela Jaillet-Wentling and Matthew Reeves.


Presented in association with:

Pennsylvania Heritage Foundation, Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology,

and Pennsylvania Archaeological Council