Learn about Trash in Early America based on archaeological findings at The Speaker’s House.

Artifacts from The Speaker’s House site


Artifacts provide information about daily life, including what people ate, the kinds of ceramics and glass they used, and even the type of nails used to build their house.

Heart-shaped silver pin

The heart-shaped silver pin above was found near the remains of Muhlenberg’s general store and may have been an item he sold.

Section of a dinner plate rim

This large section of a dinner plate rim was found near the kitchen door. It dates to the 1760s and may have been used by the Muhlenberg family.

plate fragment found in 2015

Fragments of a small plate decorated with a transfer printed design of camels and pagodas were found during the 2015 field school.