Shaping the City from Detroit’s Rediscovered Archaeological Collections


Unearthing Detroit is a collections-based and community archaeology research project focused on the extensive salvage collections recovered from major downtown construction projects during the 1960s and 70s that are now housed in Wayne State University’s Grosscup Museum of Anthropology.  Inspired by the findings of recent collections-based research at Market Street Chinatown (San Jose) and CoVA’s Repositories Survey, Unearthing Detroit project members revisited the Renaissance Center collections comprising about 20,000 artifacts over the course of the past 18 months.  This poster presents the methods used to examine the Renaissance Center collections, and includes a discussion of the challenges we encountered in working with a 40 year old assemblage.  Despite these challenges, our resulting multi-scalar analysis of the finds reveals the growth of an urban center and the accompanying socio-economic transformations over the course of three centuries on the fluid border between the US and Canada.

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Shaping the City from Detroit’s Rediscovered Archaeological Collections. Kate E. Korth, Krysta Ryzewski, Samantha Malette, Kaitlin Scharra, C. Lorin Brace VI, Mark Jazayeri. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434136)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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