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Archaeological Anthropology

2018

City University of New York (CUNY)

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Deconstructing City Hall Park: The Development And Archaeology Of The Common, Alyssa Loorya Feb 2018

Deconstructing City Hall Park: The Development And Archaeology Of The Common, Alyssa Loorya

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City Hall Park in lower Manhattan, once known as The Common, has a long history of public use dating as far back as the Dutch in the seventeenth century. As the site has been continually occupied for almost 400 years, it is an integral part of New York City’s only recognized Archaeological District. Over half a million artifacts, numerous structural features, and human burials have been recovered and documented on archaeological projects since the 1980s.

While archaeological work at City Hall Park has been undertaken multiple times by multiple archaeologists, all have been instigated by construction projects. As a ...