This interactive digital report makes available the archaeological discoveries from along the Delaware River waterfront, in the neighborhoods of Northern Liberties, Kensington-Fishtown, and Port Richmond. These sites, and the artifacts within them, were uncovered during archaeological excavations conducted in advance of construction work to improve Interstate 95.
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The Port Richmond Site (Site Number 36PH0203) is located on the former city block bounded by Richmond, Ann, Melvale, and...
The notion of building a canal in the Kensington-Fishtown-Port Richmond neighborhoods originated with local businessmen and property owners along the...
The Gunner’s Run South Site (36Ph162) was located in the Kensington “Fishtown” section of Philadelphia and encompassed an approximately 2.2-acre...
The Cramp/Bumm Site was located at the former 1018 Palmer Street property, now part of the PennDOT right-of-way along the...
Native American Sites
The Hope Farm/Richmond Hall Site was located along the western edge of the adjacent Port Richmond/Conrail Rail Yard. Improvements to I-95 in this portion of the project involved shifting the alignment of Richmond Street to the east of its present location, to a parallel alignment located in the rail yard. This relocated section of Richmond Street extends roughly from Cumberland... View More
What is it?
Can you help us identify this mystery artifact?
This artifact was intentionally carved and shaped from animal bone. Measuring about 1.6 inches in length, it is thicker at the narrow end and tapers at the wider end. Although a portion of the narrow end is broken, there was a cylindrical opening that would have allowed the piece to be attached and pivot on a post or pin. The outside surfaces are shiny, smooth, and appear polished when compared to the surface inside the pivoting section.
Among the other artifacts recovered with this object were pieces of a baby bottle, a gaming piece, and sewing accessories.