Health and Identity at a 19th Century Urban Site
Author(s): Claire Horn
Health care provides insights into aspects of identity, including class, ethnicity, age, gender, and religious affiliation. This presentation examines changes in health care practices within the Binghamton Mall site in downtown Binghamton, New York. The site contains multiple properties within an urban block. These properties were occupied from the early 19th century through the early 20th century. Inhabitants included elites, middle class and working class individuals and families. The project area mirrors the rise and fall of Binghamton’’s fortunes, with increasing prosperity over the 19th century giving way to urban decline in the 20th century. Excavations conducted by the Public Archaeology Facility provide the material culture to examine the health-related practices of multiple households within this urban area.
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Health and Identity at a 19th Century Urban Site. Claire Horn. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437375)