Defining Historical Archaeology in New York City: New Terms, New Archaeology

Author(s): Elizabeth Martin

Year: 2016


Historical Archaeology was in its early stages as Diana diZerega Wall and her cohort, lead by Bert Salwen at NYU, began to excavate in New York City.  Here I will discuss how the use terms like gender, class, and race were revolutionary at the time and how they have allowed us to investigate further subtleties such as the dialectic relationship between insider and outsider communities.  Wall and her cohort have taught us to work with local descendant communities, bridged the gap between academia and CRM, and maintained rigorous field methodology.  I will ask Wall and her contemporaries about the work others in their department were doing and how and why the urban archaeologists found a way to see outside the box.  This paper will honor their contributions to the field of historical archaeology in New York City and surrounding regions.  We could not have gotten here without them.

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Defining Historical Archaeology in New York City: New Terms, New Archaeology. Elizabeth Martin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434540)


Temporal Keywords
20th Century

Spatial Coverage

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

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 422