Archaeology Blogs

archaeology blogs include:
Washington Memorial Chapel (leaving site)
Washington's Headquarters

Joe Blondino – project designer/field director
Joe Blondino – project designer/field director

Read about Headquarters and the Excavation Project

Meet the Archaeologists

Joe Blondino – project designer/field director

Joe Blondino is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at Temple University. Although his research focuses primarily on the lifeways of ancient Native American groups in the Delaware Valley and greater Middle Atlantic region, he also has a great interest in the archaeology of Colonial America. Considering himself to be a “dirt archaeologist”(meaning one who particularly enjoys the fieldwork side of his profession), Joe has nearly ten years of experience digging numerous sites from all times periods from Pennsylvania to his native Virginia. When he’s not digging holes, Joe enjoys hiking, canoeing, playing guitar, and arguing about politics with his strange black cat.


Katie Cavallo – lab director/fieldwork

Katie is a graduate student at Temple University, working on her Ph.D. in historical archaeology. Katie is interested in domestic sites from the colonial period of America, and is currently designing a dissertation focused on an early 18th century home in Marcus Hook, PA. She completed her B.A. at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and spent 2 years working for Historic St. Mary’s City. During her time there, Katie was a research assistant, working with collections in the lab, both processing and cataloging them. She assisted with analysis on the Print House site before its interpretive reconstruction, and worked with students in the lab, teaching them proper techniques. Outside of her work, Katie loves spending time with her family, friends, and various pets, and is discovering the joys of being a Philadelphia sports fan – Go Phillies!


Carin Bloom – site interpretation/fieldwork

Carin is a graduate student at Temple University, working on her Ph.D. in historical archaeology. Her dissertation focuses on military archaeology, and more specifically on a different area of the Valley Forge encampment on the grounds of the Washington Memorial Chapel. Later this summer, Carin will be conducting Temple University’s 2009 archaeological field school at that site. She received her B.A. from the University of Delaware and her M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and continued on in the academic world, arriving at Temple in 2005. Carin loves to chat with visitors and is always willing to tell you a story, or let you hold an artifact from the American Revolution! She is a sailor and a blacksmith on the 17th century tall ship of Delaware, the Kalmar Nyckel, and generally loves any activity that involves sailing, the beach, or the ocean.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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