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Buried Beneath the City: The Archaeology of New York City

December 1, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Zoom Videoconference

Join us for this live webinar on Wednesday, December 1st at 7:00 PM EST.

Unbeknownst to most of us, buried beneath the busy streets of New York City lies 13,000 years of human history. Accessing this past is the remit of urban archaeology. Join us for a fascinating talk by Dr. Jessica Striebel MacLean, Urban Archaeologist, professor, and one of the authors of the forthcoming book, Buried Beneath the City: An Archaeological History of New York.


Disguised in hard hats and reflective safety vests, urban archaeologists unearth the details of everyday life, gleaning an understanding of how past New Yorkers lived and the diverse tapestry of urban life. These details are captured in the artifacts excavated throughout the city and often reveal stories the documentary record does not. Dr. MacLean will introduce the field of Urban Archaeology and, using the collection of the NYC Archaeological Repository, illustrate how material culture informs alternative narratives of the city’s past – from the lives of indigenous peoples to the Colonial Dutch and English settlements of New York, to the rapidly diversifying and expanding 19th-century city. She will highlight artifacts featured in the book Buried Beneath the City: An Archaeological History of New York to be published this spring by Columbia University Press.


Dr. Jessica Striebel MacLean  is an urban archaeologist at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and the New York City Archaeological Repository as well as an adjunct professor of Historical Archaeology. She has conducted excavations in New England, Central and South America, and in four of the five boroughs of New York City. Queens remains elusive.


December 1, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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