Landmarks Preservation Commission Launches NYC Archaeological Repository

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New York Yimby posted an interesting article about what happening on Wednesday, October 6th, 2016, the Landmarks Preservation Commission consolidated its collection of historic artifacts from Harlem to Hollis and launched the NYC Archaeological Repository at the Nan A. Rothschild Research Center in Midtown.

Dr. Nan A. Rothschild is a professor emerita of anthropology at Barnard College and currently on the faculty at Columbia University in Harlem, and has directed many archaeological excavations in New York City, including the Stadt Huys at what is now 85 Broad Street. She said the repository shows off the practices of collection, preservation, research, and exhibition.

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Prior to this, the LPC’s archaeological collections were stored at 14 sites throughout the city. Having determined they needed a single climate-controlled space, they collection was moved to space donated by the Durst Organization at 114 West 47th Street. The 1,439-square-foot space contains 1,518 boxes with over one million artifacts from dozens of sites.

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The following were highlights from the city’s collections reveal the diversity of stories these artifacts can illuminate.  Each exhibit includes an overview, suggested further reading, and information about the selected artifacts.  Unless noted otherwise, they have been created by the Archaeology Department of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and will be refreshed periodically.

Photo credit: 1) Jumel Mansion, 1840’s Inwood, New York.  2) This dog burial was found in College Point, Queens in the 1930s. Identified by Dr. Ralph Solecki and Stanley Wisniewski from Native Americans over one thousand years ago. 3) Arrow head from Native Indians, from the Middle Archaic period, between 6,000 and 5,000 BC, Queens, NY. 4) Colonial Glass bottle cover personalized seal from Colonel Benjamin Fletcher, British colonial governor of New York from 1692 to 1697.  5) Mid-19th century intact green bottle with cork embossed with, “Telssier Prevost A Paris”. Telessier Prevost was a French perfumer from Paris from 1830-1950.  6) Akro Agate glass tea cup found in Battery Park, from Akron, Ohio, 1900’s. This Cup found in Battery Park. 7) Plate Transferware fragments as “KASKERAT” patterns from 1818-1830 in Battery Park, Romanian drawing.

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