Excavating Memory: Archaeology and Home

Elizabeth Mosier '84

Drawing on her volunteer experience of processing colonial-era artifacts at Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park Archeology Laboratory, Elizabeth Mosier '84 uses archaeology as a framework to explore personal material—her mother’s memory loss, the creation of family or community narratives, and artifacts and historical memory. (New Rivers Press, 2019)

"The music of [Excavating Memory] is very fine indeed, and its passion is for the preservation of objects, moments, persons, and places that Elizabeth Mosier has loved. In its clear-sighted lyric eloquence, this book is unforgettable." —Charles Baxter

A graduate of the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, Mosier's nonfiction work has been selected as notable in Best American Essays and appears widely in journals and newspapers including Cleaver, Creative Nonfiction, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She writes the "Intersections" column for the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin.