Reporting John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Let us get in the “way back machine” for a free display Tuesday night of what archeology can tell us about this region’s past.
The artifacts to be displayed at 6:30 p.m. at Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, at Front and Berks streets, can come from long before there was a Philadelphia such as relics going back thousands of years.
“We’ve got Native-American artifacts from along the riverfront that date back to at least 4,000 B.C,” explains Archeologist Doug Mooney.
Other pieces of history from digs around the I-95 Girard Avenue Interchange include perhaps the oldest pair of eyeglasses ever found in the United States.
“They appeared to have been manufactured sometime probably between 1650 and 1700,” Mooney said.
Mooney explains the riverfront used to be a glass-blowing center and the craftsmen were not all business.
“There’s one type of toy that’s called a Jacob’s Ladder and it’s basically a glass spring and it harkens back to the day when parents would think nothing at all about giving their children a fragile glass toy to play with,” Mooney said. “We’re finding lots of these things that are really just whimsical end-of-day pieces that the glass blowers made in their free time.”
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Reported by John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio 1060