Volunteer Opportunities

General Information

Processing of the artifacts recovered from 124 and 126 Elfreth's Alley will continue throughout the fall 2014/early winter 2015.  No excavation is planned for the summer.  Although there will be no digging this field season, volunteers are welcome to get their hands dirty by assisting with artifact processing at Temple  University!  No prior archaeology experience is necessary, just a passion for history and learning!

Each artifact is washed, categorized, labeled, and analyzed at Temple University's Anthropology Laboratory located in Gladfelter Hall on Temple's main campus.   Information about the lab and parking are below.  Below is the schedule for upcoming artifact processing during Fall 2014:
  • Wednesday, January 14th
  • Saturday,  January 24th
If you interested in assisting with artifact washing and labeling, please signup for a day on the online signup sheet.  During processing days, we typically work in the lab all day from 9a-3p and break for lunch around 12p unless otherwise noted.  You are welcome to volunteer for as long or as short as you like.  ***If you will be volunteering with Elfreth's Alley Archaeology for the first time, please email Deirdre at dkelleher@temple.edu ahead of time to give her your contact information in case of any cancellations!***

Anthropology Lab in Gladfelter Hall

The Anthropology Lab is on the first (ground) floor of Gladfelter Hall.  Gladfelter Hall is located on Temple University's main campus in North Philadelphia. The building is on 11th/12th Streets between Norris Street and Montgomery Avenue. The entrance for the building is off of a pedestrian walkway (Polett Walk) accessible from both 11th and 12th Streets.

The "A" denotes Gladfelter Hall.

A campus map is available here.  The street address of Gladfelter Hall is 1115 West Berks Street Philadelphia, PA 19122.

When you enter the Gladfelter you will see a security desk. All visitors are required to show photo identification and sign-in at the security desk. The lab is located on the ground floor behind the security desk to the right, next to the display cases.   Note the Anthropology Department is on the second floor but the the entrance to the lab is on the ground (first) floor. When you arrive, ring the doorbell to the right of the lab doors.

Subway & Regional Rail

Subway: The Broad Street (Orange) Line stops at Temple University.  Cecil B. Moore Avenue is the stop for main campus.  Note that the Cecil B. Moore is a stop on the local line and express trains do not stop there!

Regional Rail: Nearly all regional rail lines stop at the Temple U. train station. The station is a short walk from Gladfelter Hall. For more information about regional rail check out SEPTA's website.


On-street parking around Temple can be tough unless you get to campus early. There are a few streets around Gladfelter Hall that do not have time limits, but be sure to read any signs when you park.

There are a few options for visitor parking at Temple University.  Most options are $15/day or $3/hour for parking.  The Office of Parking Services' website lists the rates and has a map of the locations of parking lots.  There is another non-Temple lot located on the southwest corner of Cecil B. Moore Avenue and 11th Street (the entrance is off of Cecil B. Moore) which is $8 (cash only).   **Note since Temple opened the Montgomery Garage this cash lot is not always open**


  1. Diedre,
    I enjoyed your presentation at The Free Library on Wednesday evening, April 24. Thank you very much for that. I love history, and Philly History especially. I will gladly volunteer to assist with excavation and artifact processing, when those dates are posted in the future. I'll be away for the April 27 processing, alas, but will watch for future opportunity. It "right up my alley", so-to-speak! Thanks again!
    .............joe duffy/ joedrrt@yahoo.com

  2. I couldn't view any dates beyond January. Also, the volunteer form is down... are you not open to more volunteers? Are there other volunteer opportunities than archaeology?

    1. Thanks for your interest in Elfreth's Alley Archaeology! There are volunteer opportunities for archaeology labwork this summer - I updated the blog to include all the details. If you are interested in non-archaeology volunteer opportunities at the Alley, check out Elfreth's Alley's main web page (http://www.elfrethsalley.org/) for contact information. Please let me know if you have any other questions!