Throughout our urban environments, the past is sharply evident. The evidence is both around us and under our feet. We can discover the foundations of our cities and towns from earlier times even before European settlement. Your own backyard may contain the remains of a thousand years old Indian settlement, or part of a diner plate that someone ate off of a hundred years ago.
Therefore, urban archaeology is the study of the growth and development of cities through material records of its past including artifacts and structures. Research garnered from urban excavations not only reveals evidence of how the city as a whole developed, but also the material stuff of everyday life through different time periods. Urban archaeological research utilizes evidence from buried material culture, historic townscapes and historic buildings to form a new understanding about a city or town’s past.
The Lost Neighborhood Project
Public education in Geophysical Archaeology in Juneau Park, Milwaukee