Digging in the City of Brotherly Love: Stories from Philadelphia Archaeology

Digging in the City of Brotherly Love: Stories from Philadelphia Archaeology

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by Rebecca Yamin
     
 

Beneath the modern city of Philadelphia lie countless clues to its history and the lives of residents long forgotten. This intriguing book explores eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Philadelphia through the findings of archaeological excavations, sharing with readers the excitement of digging into the past and reconstructing the lives of earlier inhabitants of the

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Beneath the modern city of Philadelphia lie countless clues to its history and the lives of residents long forgotten. This intriguing book explores eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Philadelphia through the findings of archaeological excavations, sharing with readers the excitement of digging into the past and reconstructing the lives of earlier inhabitants of the city.

Urban archaeologist Rebecca Yamin describes the major excavations that have been undertaken since 1992 as part of the redevelopment of Independence Mall and surrounding areas, explaining how archaeologists gather and use raw data to learn more about the ordinary people whose lives were never recorded in history books. Focusing primarily on these unknown citizens—an accountant in the first Treasury Department, a coachmaker whose clients were politicians doing business at the State House, an African American founder of St. Thomas’s African Episcopal Church, and others—Yamin presents a colorful portrait of old Philadelphia. She also discusses political aspects of archaeology today—who supports particular projects and why, and what has been lost to bulldozers and heedlessness. Digging in the City of Brotherly Love tells the exhilarating story of doing archaeology in the real world and using its findings to understand the past.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300100914
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/11/2008
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,245,785
Product dimensions:
7.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Beneath the Symbolic Surface 1

Ch. 2 Hudson's Square: The Middle Block of Independence Mall 15

Ch. 3 An Icon and an Icehouse: The First Block of Independence Mall 39

Ch. 4 Artisans in a Changing World 59

Ch. 5 "We the People": The Free Black Community, Native Americans, and the Celebration of the Constitution 78

Ch. 6 Life and Death in the Nineteenth-Century City 99

Ch. 7 On the Waterfront 120

Ch. 8 An Archaeological Walk in the Eighteenth-Century City 139

Ch. 9 An Archaeological Walk Through Nineteenth-Century Neighborhoods 167

Ch. 10 The Legacy of William Penn and the Power of the Past 187

Notes 211

References 221

Index 227

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