In archaeology, an assemblage is the sum total of the things, the artifacts found at a particular site, representing a particular time or culture. They are understood to be indicative of what that culture was, representing human activity at a site.

This concept interests me, in the way that archaeology interests me: what can we know by what people leave behind? The goal is to examine the past 200 or 250 years (depending on how you’re counting) of Pittsburgh history through this assemblage: newspaper articles and city reports and archival photos and all the other things that the past inhabits left behind and felt should be preserved.