Back in March of 2017 when coffins were being excavated from the First Baptist Church’s cemetery on 218 Arch Street, we had a problem:  where to put the coffins.  At the time, the property developer took them from the site and stored them in shipping containers.  But this was not a long-term solution.  Neither could we internally excavate the remains in that sort of facility.  After a few false starts, a solution emerged:  Rutgers-Camden would provide funding for an off-campus warehouse from... Read More

Posted May 30, 2018 by Kimberlee Moran
Arch Street Project booth with infamous chunks of dirt and future archaeologists. Photo by Don Groff.

On April 28, 2018, several Arch Street Project members hosted tables at the annual Rutgers Day (on their Camden campus), an event where individual departments offer "free exhibits, hands-on activities, lectures, demonstrations, children’s programs and more, aimed at the general public, parents and children, teens, current and prospective students, and alumni." [1] At our booth, the ASP team set up an educational video about the project... Read More

Posted May 7, 2018 by Allison Grunwald
Arch Street Project at the SAA Conference

On Friday, April 13th, 2018, members of the Arch Street Project team presented their preliminary research in a symposium at the 83rd annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) in Washington, D.C. Participating team members and collaborators included Kimberlee Moran, Doug Mooney, Cory Kegerise, Nicholas Bonneau, George Leader, Gerald Conlogue,... Read More

Posted April 16, 2018 by Allison Grunwald
Amanda Gonzalez & Laura Malek wash bones at Rutgers-Camden

During the Fall Semester (Sept - Dec 2017), Kimberlee Moran ran a "Bones and Bioarchaeology" class at Rutgers-Camden to connect students to the Arch Street project.  Over 14 weeks students learned archaeological and anthropological basics within the context of the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia's cemetery.  Students helped to clean and assess some of the remains at Rutgers-Camden and helped to organize material culture and human remains at our off-campus facility.  As a final... Read More

Posted January 1, 2018 by Kimberlee Moran

The question still remains: "Why were so many burials left behind?" As the project historian, I have been researching this question at local and national archives. According to the records of the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia (housed at the American Baptist Historical Society in Atlanta, Georgia), the entire burial transfer enterprise may have lasted only four months from November 21, 1859 to April 1, 1860. This is a rather short amount of time given to move burials from a cemetery... Read More

Posted December 5, 2017 by Nicholas Bonneau