Touring Gotham's Archaeological Past: 8 Self-Guided Walking Tours through New York City
Diana diZerega Wall
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This pocket-sized guidebook takes the reader on eight walking tours to archaeological sites throughout the boroughs of New York City and presents a new way of exploring the city through the rich history that lies buried beneath it. Generously illustrated and replete with maps, the tours are designed to explore both ancient times and modern space.
On these tours, readers will see where archaeologists have discovered evidence of the earliest New Yorkers, the Native Americans who arrived at least 11,000 years ago. They will learn about thousand-year-old trading routes, sacred burial grounds, and seventeenth-century villages. They will also see sites that reveal details of the lives of colonial farmers and merchants, enslaved Africans, Revolutionary War soldiers, and nineteenth-century hotel keepers, grocers, and housewives.
Some tours bring readers to popular tourist attractions (the Statue of Liberty and the Wall Street district, for example) and present them in a new light. Others center on places that even the most seasoned New Yorker has never seen—colonial houses, a working farm, out-of-the-way parks, and remote beaches—often providing beautiful and unexpected views from the city’s vast shoreline.
A celebration of New York City’s past and its present, this unique book will intrigue everyone interested in the city and its history.
colonial roots—either real or imagined—to reinforce their positions in a rapidly changing society, the house was turned into a museum. After a decade and a half the museum closed, and Bowne family members moved back into the building. Moore speculates that during the house’s museum period, its Victorian interpreters may have “restored” the house to the way they thought it had been in the seventeenth century, making the back wing into the kitchen. Then, when the members of the family moved back
some of Kings County (today’s Borough of Brooklyn) remained agricultural into the early twentieth century, this part had a very different history. By the mid-nineteenth century the town of Brooklyn had become one of the nation’s largest cities. The tour begins in Weeksville, a charming group of wood-frame houses that were part of a nineteenth-century African American community in today’s Bedford-Stuyvesant, and continues through several middle-class neighborhoods of the new city, most of which
Lori Pendleton for discussing with us the ethical issues involved in writing archaeological tour books. It is a pleasure to have such good and generous colleagues. Many colleagues were particularly generous in providing illustrations. We wish to thank Sean Asby, Kenneth Cobb, Deborah Cox, David Conlin, Diane Dallal, Karen Flinn, Anna French, Joan Geismar, Edith Gonzalez de Scollard, Pamela Greene, William Griswold, Herbert Kraft, Alan Leveillee, Christopher Ricciardi, Daniel Roberts, Nan A.
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Lenapehoking, x, 15, 123 Levin, Jed, 42 Liberty Island, 1, 3, 6, 10–13, 20–21, 22 Lincoln, Abraham, 72 Lind, Jenny, 3 Linnaean Gardens (Queens), 127 Little Climatic Warming Period, 12 Livingston House, 34, 34 longhouses, Native, 179, 179 Long Island, 20, 128 Long Island City, 127 Long Island Sound, 114, 116 Loorya, Alyssa, 183, 185 Lopez, Julius, 105, 117, 178 Lott family, 179, 181, 183, 184 Lott House (Brooklyn), 130, 181–85, 185 Lovelace Tavern, 33 Lower East Side, 57