New York at Its Core: The Archaeology

When: Tuesday, May 8, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Price: $12 & up | $10 for Museum Members
Excavation of shoring within Riverside Site landfill in Manhattan and medicine bottles recovered from landfill at the Riverside Site, courtesy of Geoarcheology Research Associates, Inc.

Manhattan’s dramatic growth over the centuries is often pictured as a process of expansion, either northwards (up the island) or upwards (with ever taller skyscrapers). But since the 17th century, the island has also been expanding outwards into the East and Hudson Rivers through landfill. Garbage and rubble have long been used to create hundreds of acres of new, artificial land along Manhattan’s coastline. Once overlooked, this landfill has increasingly been seen by archaeologists as a rich source of information about the city’s past. Join a panel of leading archaeologists as they share their latest subterranean findings from Manhattan’s shorelines and explore what they reveal about the lives of previous generations of New Yorkers.

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This is our 38th annual program presented in partnership with Professional Archaeologists of New York City (PANYC).

Professional Archaeologists of New York City:
Professional Archaeologists of New York City, Inc. (PANYC) is a non-profit organization of local professional archaeologists concerned with preserving and protecting the archaeological and historical resources of New York City and educating the public about our cultural heritage.

$15 for adults | $12 for seniors, students, and educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum and PANYC Members
Includes Museum admission.

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Accessibility: Assistive listening devices are available and our auditorium wheelchair lift can accommodate manual and motorized wheelchairs (max. capacity 500 lbs). Please contact the Museum at 917.492.3333 or with any questions.

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