Unearthing History at The Speaker’s House

Students spent a few weeks unearthing history at the Speaker’s House on Main Street in neighboring Trappe during a special summer course, “Historical Archaeology Field School.” The four-week course was offered in conjunction with the nonprofit organization that owns and is restoring the 255-year-old home once owned by Frederick Muhlenberg, as well as the property on which it still stands. Combining lessons in archaeological methods and theory with hands-on excavation training, Ursinus students learned to identify and interpret discovered artifacts and place archaeological information within a cultural and historical framework.