• Log huts are coated in a fresh layer of snow

    Valley Forge

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Archeology Blog

About This Blog

Follow park Archeologists Liza Rupp and Matthew Kalos as they excavate the 1st Virginia Brigade site in Valley Forge National Historical Park. The 1st Virginia Brigade was under the command of Brig. Gen. Peter Muhlenberg and was situated at the eastern extreme of the Outer Line of Defense. This area is currently the site of many of the park's living history demonstrations. The park is planning to renovate the area and in preparation for the project archeologists conducted a geophysical survey in December 2012. A number of possible archeological features were identified during the survey. The excavations during this summer will examine the geophysical anomalies to see if any of them are encampment-era features.

Geophysical Surveys

August 06, 2013 Posted by: Matt Kalos

Entry discusses the on going research at Muhlenberg's Brigade. Included is information regarding the differences between compliance and researched based archaeology. In addition, this entry informs readers about geophysical surveys in archaeology.

 

Archaeology and Heavy Machinery

July 25, 2013 Posted by: Matt Kalos

Not all archaeology is performed by hand excavation. This entry discusses two recent occasions when archaeologists utilized heavy machinery

 

Human Impact on the Landscape

July 17, 2013 Posted by: Matt Kalos

A brief discussion about how archaeologists examine the impact that groups have on the landscape.

 

First Area of Exploration Completed

July 09, 2013 Posted by: Matthew Kalos

The archaeologists have finished working in their first area of exploration.

 

Welcome to the site of the 1st Virginia Brigade

June 25, 2013 Posted by: Stephanie Loeb

The public is invited to participate in an archeological excavation this summer of the 1st Virginia Brigade site at Valley Forge National Historical Park. The excavation project will run Monday through Friday from June 24 through July 19, with the possibility of additional weeks depending on how the work progresses. Volunteers will have the opportunity to screen for artifacts and process them in the field laboratory.

 

Did You Know?

Sunset over the hill

In an effort to be environmentally friendly and improve the visitor experience, the park enacted a no idling policy in 2014. Read more about this new policy and other regulations in the park in the Superintendent's Compendium More...