Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3pm
The Lynda Nilsen Memorial Lecture
Dr. Kelly Britt, Brooklyn College, CUNY
The Making of Place and Preservation Policy in NYC Archaeology
Spanning from an 8,000-year-old Indian settlement on Staten Island to a 17th century Indian community in the Bronx, to an 18th century African Burial ground in Manhattan to colonial and 19th century life in Queens and Brooklyn, New York City’s archaeology is rich and diverse. Additionally, the legacy of conducting urban archaeology within the city has its own evocative history. Salvage archaeology projects at the turn of the 20th century, to mid-century fervent advocates for historic preservation policy and regulations, New York City archaeologists have a powerful story to tell as well. This paper will highlight some of the early archaeological sites that provided the foundation of understanding the urbanization in New York City. Additionally, the paper will discuss the political movements, policy and people that made it all happen. Finally, it will explore the future trajectory for archaeology in this metropolis, as globalization and climate change alter the landscape, policy and preservation of this city’s past.
Unless otherwise noted:
For further information, or to be placed on our mailing list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org