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Unearthing Gotham: The Archaeology of New York City

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  53 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Under the teeming metropolis that is present-day New York City lie the buried remains of long-lost worlds. The remnants of nineteenth-century New York reveal much about its inhabitants and neighborhoods, from fashionable Washington Square to the notorious Five Points. Underneath are traces of the Dutch and English colonists who arrived in the area in the seventeenth centur ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 10th 2001 by Yale University Press (first published 2001)
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Wendell
Nov 29, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first and most important thing to know about this book is that it was produced by a university press—a high-end, well known university press and, in this case, one whose editors, book designers, and advertising copywriters were better at their jobs than were the authors, but a university press nonetheless. That fact wafts off every page. Indeed, it’s interesting to speculate about who the writers and publisher imagined the audience for this book to be. Unearthing Gotham isn’t scholarly enoug ...more
Katherine
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For anyone interested in archaeology, this is a fascinating book. While I have never taken a course in archaeology, it is an area of study that I would have liked to pursue. Reading this book is a wonderful look into what can be learned about our heritage from the leavings of people in past times.
Beginning with the earliest people who used the land to modern times, the book gives glimpses our past history and how New York became one of the world's most influential centers of trade.
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Corin
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating book using archaeology as a tool to trace the city's history... from PaleoIndians to the 1990s, the history of NY is a microcosm of America. Easy for a layperson to understand, with plenty of stories and concepts to make it all the more enjoyable.
Purvi
Jan 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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If you are interested in the history of NYC, going way way back a thousand years, this book is for you. It talks about the land and how it changed through time and the various native people that lived there before the Europeans came. It also gives a great modern history, too.
Natasha
Mar 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I wrote a research paper with a lot of help from this book! A little dry at times, and finding the point of the digressions was a challenge. Could have been a little more specific, as in "X was an important site, as A, B and C were learned as a result of excavation."
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