Faculty Book: Diana diZerenga Wall
Anne-Marie Cantwell and Diana diZerenga Wall
Unearthing Gotham: The Archeology of New York City
(Yale University Press, 2001; 374 pp.)
Cantwell and Wall treat the five boroughs of New York City—known for its teeming skyscrapers, bustling nightlife, celebrities and economic clout—as a window onto several layers of the city's past, going through the gaslit, Victorian nineteenth century, the seventeenth-century Dutch and English colonists and the Africans they enslaved, right back to the presence of Native Americans who first arrived eleven thousand years ago. The result is a breathtaking book of archeology and urban history, a fascinating tour of the sedimentary roots of this concrete jungle which takes on added poignancy as the city seeks to recover from the recent shock of attack and its human toll. Publisher's Weekly notes that this attractive illustrated volume "balances the book's academic underpinnings with [an] obvious desire to entertain and illumine the past." Anne-Marie Cantwell is associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers University, and Diana DiZerenga Wall is associate professor of anthropology at the City College of New York and The Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: SEP 1, 2001