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Melissa Dunphy in a hole dug in the basement of the Dunphy's property searching for artifacts.

When Matt and Melissa Dunphy bought an old building in the northern end of the Museum’s Old City neighborhood in Philadelphia in the mid-2010s, they had dreams of renovating the space into a multi-disciplinary theater. Little did they know at the time that now half a decade later they would be digging well below the building’s basement floor, not to stabilize a fragile foundation but to unearth centuries of Philadelphia history long buried in a privy pit.

In this episode of AmRev360, Matt and Melissa join Museum President & CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson to discuss how they stumbled into amateur archaeology, what artifacts they’ve unearthed, and what they’ve learned along the way.

Follow Matt and Melissa on their journey as accidental archaeologists on their podcast, The Boghouse. You can follow Matt and Melissa on Twitter.

AmRev360 features lively conversations on the American Revolution from all angles between Stephenson and a broad slate of dynamic guests, including authors, actors, community leaders, and more. 

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In March 2021, composer Melissa Dunphy joined the Museum for the choral world premiere of “Remember the Ladies,” featuring Abigail Adams's famous letter set for an a cappella chorus, performed by PhilHarmonia.
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Triphena Punch Bowl

This punch bowl wishes “Success to the Triphena,” a merchant ship that made frequent trips between Philadelphia and Liverpool, England, in the 1760s.
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Watch lively conversations on the American Revolution from all angles, hosted by Museum President & CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson and featuring a broad slate of dynamic guests, on our AmRev360 web series.
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