Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Archaeology and the Public in New York

Saturday, Sept. 18th, 2010
9 a.m. to 12 noon

Where: African Burial Ground National Monument
Corner of Duane and Elk Streets, Lower Manhattan (close to Foley Square, just north of City Hall)

FREE Event
RSVP by Sept 15.
(212) 637-0460

Co-Organized by the Wenner-Grensponsored Dynamicsof Inclusion in Public Archaeology Workshop and theAfrican Burial Ground National Monument

NYC Archaeology in the News The ship at the World Trade Center... a potter's field in Washington Square Park... burial vaults at Trump SoHO... the Battery wall in Battery Park. These are just some of the recent archaeological discoveries in the metropolitan area. Learn how and why archaeological research takes place in NYC. Find out who is involved and hear how the public benefits. This talk is presented by Amanda Sutphin, Director of Archaeology, Landmarks Preservation Commission, New York City.

For the Ancestors and the Descendants: New York’s African Burial Ground & Archaeology as Community Service
The African Burial Ground Project was contentious. The federal government, contracted archaeology firms, academic institutions, and the city’s African descendants and their allies operated with different agendas, interests, and concerns. Hear how, ultimately, the voices of the descendants, and by extension, the ancestors, overcame the forces of domination resulting in an ethical as opposed to a financially controlled project. A talk presented by Warren R. Perry, Director for Archaeology of the New York African Burial Ground Project and Professor of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University.

Seneca Village in Central Park: How Digging Up the Past builds Community Today The free black settlement of Seneca Village
(1825-1857) was located between 82nd and 89th Streets and Seventh and Eighth Avenues in what is now Central Park. For several years city residents
and researchers have worked together to unearth this forgotten community's unique cultural identity --rewriting local and national history in the process. Learn how digging up the past helps to build community relationships in the present in this talk by Cynthia R. Copeland, President of the Institute for the Exploration of Seneca Village History.

Joseph Lloyd Manor: What One Long Island Community Really Wanted to Know About Its Past   The Lloyd family operated a large scale farm and merchant business on the north shore of Long Island beginning in the 1680s. Many people of African descent, both free and enslaved, worked and lived on the Manor. In the woods a few hundred feet away from the restored Manor house, the remains of a small dwelling became the focus of archaeological research. Hear how questions posed by community members, students, and visitors shaped work at the site in important and unexpected ways. This talk is presented by Jenna Wallace Coplin, Director of Research and Outreach at Hofstra University’s Center for Public Archaeology.

Poetic License: Rumblings from the NY African Burial Ground and Beyond  Ancestors speaking to and through descendants became a resounding theme in the struggle to preserve and commemorate the 18thcentury NY ABG. The struggle also raised questions in other parts of the country and the world as to the locations of other sacred burial places. Students, academics, volunteers and the lay public have expressed interest in and support for the ABG for nearly 2 decades.”Poetic License” is a collection of poetry and collage that “bears witness” to this process of making history, of living history. This talk is presented by Sherrill D Wilson, Urban Anthropologist, Founding Director of the Office of Public Education and Interpretation of the African Burial Ground Project and Professor of African American History and Pluralism and Diversity at Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY.

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