The Trouble in River City (It’s Not Pool!)

Author(s): Dan Mouer

Year: 2016


Richmond, the capital of Virginia, former capital of the Confederate States, has a deeply buried early history and a highly troubled recent one. The oldest parts of the city sit at the base of a 7-mile long cataract through which the James River falls from the Piedmont to the Coastal Plain. Archaeological remains lie beneath flood deposits and centuries of accumulated urban debris. For decades these resources have been ignored or viewed as obstructions to development. Archaeology in the city has more recently come to be viewed by many as a tool for transcending and transforming the destructive racial politics of the Jim Crow and post-Civil Rights eras. I discuss projects which illustrate relations of identity, have spurred community interest and activism, sparked attempts to conserve and interpret sites which tell the stories of race relations, and which hold promise for developing a 21st-century post-racist community spirit in the city.

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The Trouble in River City (It’s Not Pool!). Dan Mouer. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434391)


Spatial Coverage

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

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PaperId(s): 209