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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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September 25th 2013:Slum Dwellers: The Real Story of New York’s Five Points Neighborhood

Are you upset about the cancellation of BBCAmerica’s TV drama “Copper”? Maybe you’re a fan of Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” or Caleb Carr’s “The Alienist”? If so, then you’re undoubtedly familiar with New York’s most infamous slum, the Five Points neighborhood. But how dangerous and depraved was this historical intersection? Archaeological research by Dr. Rebecca Yamin has shown that despite its dark reputation, Five Points was a neighborhood where the American Dream could and did prosper. Who were the people that lived here? What conditions did they live in? Which ones succeeded, and w

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Rebecca Yamin

Rebecca Yamin is a historical archaeologist specializing in urban archaeology. She began her work with the Federal Courthouse site in Lower Manhattan that was once part of the notorious Five Points neighborhood. She has also excavated and analyzed sites in New York, New Jersey, and West Virginia, as well as many sites in Philadelphia as the director of John Milner Associates’ branch office. In addition to her work at John Milner Associates, Dr. Yamin has worked in the academic, museum, and CRM spheres. She is a member of a group of archaeologists who use narrative approaches to interpreting archaeological results, an approach she first developed for the Five Points report. She is the co-
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