Urban Archaeology

Distant Mirror: Urban Archaeology

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.

Artifacts from a Riverwest home, Milwaukee, WI


The Lost Neighborhood Project

Public education in Geophysical Archaeology in Juneau Park, Milwaukee

Lost Neighborhood of Juneautown

2008 Survey

'08 Grids 1 & 2

Grids 1 & 2 GPR Data

2009 GPR Survey

2009 Survey Grids

Deed Research

Finding the Goodrich House

Preliminary Data

19th Century Artifacts


3 responses to “Urban Archaeology

  1. I wants to related information
    Dr. Surendra

  2. Kevin, this looks great! I will follow your progress with great excitement, as always, I love to see the buried past revealed. Meg

  3. So interesting! Here in NYC, workers at the Ground Zero site just uncovered a huge 100+ year-old river wall. And beneath Central Park are villages dating back to the mid-nineteenth century, before the park was built, including a village of free blacks who had moved north, probably to escape the slums of downtown.

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