Digging at an Urban Site
First, archeologists prepare a detailed background study, followed by research of primary and secondary sources that are found in libraries and archives. Armed with this information, archeologists begin the process of excavating the site for clues about the past. The next step is to test soil samples, which determines the accuracy of the information gathered in the first phase. The project moves into its final phase when archeologists decide what areas of the site should receive additional attention. The areas that have the greatest insight into expanding our knowledge of the nation's past are identified and subject to intensive excavation.
You may be surprised at the number of excavations throughout the park in the last 50 years. Check out the chronology of excavations at Independence.
Last updated: September 7, 2016