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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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October 05th 2011:Beneath These Mean Streets: The Practice of Archaeology in New York City

New York City is considered the cultural and commercial capital of North America. Was it always this way? How did the city evolve into such an active hub where diverse peoples and cultures mixed and mingled to produce this dynamic metropolis? This episode explores the practice of “urban archaeology”, documenting the city’s emergence from prehistoric times (15,000 years ago) through the period of Euroamerican contact (commonly A.D.1492), and on to the present. We discuss the history of local archaeological practice and the novel applications of archival research and scientific techniques to “di

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Joan H. Geismar

Joan H. Geismar is an urban archaeologist in private practice in the New York City metropolitan area since 1981. Dr. Geismar has worked extensively on 18th and 19th century sites and buried ships. She is a founder and Past President of the Professional Archaeologists of New York City, Inc. (PANYC).
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Amanda Sutphin

Amanda Sutphin is Director of Archaeology, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). The agency safeguards NYC’s architectural, historical and cultural heritage. Its Archaeology Department oversees the city’s archeological resources. Ms. Sutphin (M.A. Pennsylvania State University) has worked as an archaeologist in New York City for over sixteen years.
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Diana di Zerega Wall

Diana di Zerega Wall is Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY Graduate Center) and has directed numerous projects in historic archaeology. She is currently excavating Seneca Village in Central Park and is co-author of the award winning book Unearthing Gotham: The Archaeology of New York City (2001).
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