Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky, Executive Director, New Haven Museum 

203-562-4183, ext. 20,

Julie Winkel, Media Specialist


Archeology Findings Presentation at Pardee-Morris House 

New Haven, Conn. (June 23, 2022)— A team from Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc. will offer an informal presentation about the results of the archaeological survey undertaken at the Pardee-Morris House (PMH) in 2021. The free presentation will be at PMH on Sunday, July 31, at 2 p.m. For weather updates check FB/IG or call 203-562-4183.

Mary Guillette Harper and Ross Harper will discuss the background history of the house, the purpose of the archaeology, the findings and what they mean, and how the findings will serve as a planning tool for the museum. An assortment of 18th- and 19th-century artifacts found during the archaeological survey will be on hand, as well as historical maps and graphics to illustrate the patterning of artifacts in relation to PMH.

Mary Harper notes that among some of the many interesting artifacts they found are sherds from a fine English trail-decorated, coggled-rim, yellow-slipware baking dish, (ca. 1730-1780), a rim sherd of 18th-century blue decorated Chinese porcelain, and a mid- section of an 18th-century clear-stemware drinking glass.   

New Haven Museum received support for this project from the State Historic Preservation Office of the Department of Economic and Community Development with funds from the Community Investment Act of the State of Connecticut. The New Haven Museum thanks its community partners: WSHU 91.1 FM, Avangrid/UI Lighting Up the Arts, The Howard Gilman Foundation, and Alder Salvatore E. DeCola for supporting the 2022 summer season. 

About Mary Harper

Mary Harper is the principal Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc. and its affiliate Archaeological and Historical Services, Inc. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut.  She has managed archaeological investigations at historic-period sites for over 35 years and specializes in southern New England.

About Ross Harper

Ross Harper is senior historical archaeologist with the nonprofit organization Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc. and its affiliate Archaeological and Historical Services, Inc. (AHS).  He holds a master’s degree from William and Mary and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.  Harper is an expert in 17th– and 18th-century New England lifeways and has been leading archaeological investigations in Connecticut for over 25 years.

About the Pardee-Morris House

Located at 325 Lighthouse Road, in New Haven, the Pardee-Morris House dates from about 1780, and is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. Built by Amos Morris around 1750, the house was burned by the British during their raid on New Haven in 1779 and rebuilt and expanded by the Morris family. In 1918, William Pardee, adescendant of the Morris family, willed the property to the New Haven Colony Historical Society, today the New HavenMuseum. For a complete list of summer events at the Pardee-Morris House, visit: For New Haven Museum’s event calendar: Sign up for e-blasts at

About the New Haven Museum

The New Haven Museum has been collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven since its inception as the New Haven Colony Historical Society in 1862. Located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue, the Museum brings more than 375 years of New Haven history to life through its collections, exhibitions, programs, and outreach. As a designated Blue Star Museum, the New Haven Museum offers the nation’sactive- duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, free admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visit and @NewHavenMuseum or call 203-562-4183.


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