Topic ID #29325 - posted 7/3/2013 2:33 AM

Archeological Excavation at Muhlenberg’s Brigade Volunteer - Valley Forge NHP

Jennifer Palmer

From A little late in forwarding this, but looks like it's still going on for a few more weeks. - Jennifer

Valley Forge NHP Archeological Excavation
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Address:  1400 North Outer Line Dive King of Prussia, PA 19406
Contact:  (see listing for phone number)
Availability:  6/12/2013--7/20/2013
Created:  6/13/2013
Suitability:  Adults, Kids, Teens, Seniors, Family
Difficulty:  Average
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Volunteer Activities
• Archaeology
• Conservation Education
• Research Library
• Historical Preservation


Job Title:

Archeological Excavation at Muhlenberg’s Brigade Volunteer

Job Description:

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 this summer will examine the geophysical anomalies to see if any of them are encampment-era features.

Job Duties/ Responsibilities:

Volunteers shall assist with the screening of artifacts from the soil excavated at the Muhlenberg’s Brigade site.


Taking an active role to assist the NPS in its mission to preserve and protect both cultural and natural resources while increasing personal appreciation for the significance of National Parks and of volunteering.


No experience is necessary for screening. On the job training will be provided. Volunteers should be able to stand for three (3) hours, not including the crew's fifteen minute breaks. Volunteers should be able to lift 15-25 pounds. Youth from ages 8-12 can participate with a parent present; 13-17 with parental permission.

Volunteers shall be able to adhere to the instructions of the professionals onsite, including an understanding that no screen shall be emptied before being inspected by a site archaeologist, and that all volunteers without formal archaeological training shall only work on the screens, with the use of shovel and trowel reserved only for those trained to use them.

Safety Information:

Volunteers should understand that working on an archaeological site in the summer time includes weather elements such as heat and sun exposure. Volunteers shall bring sunscreen, hats, water, and shall wear appropriate clothing (including comfortable close-toed shoes and work gloves) in order to personally manage these conditions. Volunteers with back trouble are encouraged to remember that the vast majority of their time will be spent bending over an archaeological screen, and should take their medical conditions into consideration before accepting such a position.

Time Commitment:

The project will run from June 24, 2013 through July 19 , 2013, with the possibility of additional weeks depending on how the work progresses. Volunteers are needed Monday-Friday of each week. There will be two shifts each day: 8:30 am - 11:00 am and 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm, with a maximum of 3 volunteers per shift. There will also be the opportunity for volunteers to help with processing artifacts in the field laboratory. Volunteers will be required to sign up in advance to work. Because of the nature of the project, we cannot accept walk up volunteers.

Park Information: Located approximately 20 miles northwest of center city Philadelphia, Valley Forge is the site of the 1777-1778 winter encampment of General George Washington and the Continental Army. The park receives 1.2 million visitors each year and contains about 3,500 acres of forested rolling hills, tall grass meadows, wetlands, and rough lawns. Recreational and cultural opportunities are abundant, including museums, theaters, concerts, fishing, boating, hiking, etc. For additional information please visit the park website at or Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau at

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