By Diana diZerega Wall
This pocket-sized guidebook takes the reader on 8 strolling excursions to archaeological websites during the boroughs of latest York urban and offers a brand new method of exploring town throughout the wealthy heritage that lies buried underneath it. Generously illustrated and replete with maps, the excursions are designed to discover either precedent days and glossy space.
On those excursions, readers will see the place archaeologists have came upon proof of the earliest New Yorkers, the local americans who arrived a minimum of 11,000 years in the past. they're going to find out about thousand-year-old buying and selling routes, sacred burial grounds, and seventeenth-century villages. they are going to additionally see websites that exhibit info of the lives of colonial farmers and retailers, enslaved Africans, innovative battle infantrymen, and nineteenth-century resort keepers, grocers, and housewives.
Some excursions convey readers to well known vacationer points of interest (the Statue of Liberty and the Wall highway district, for instance) and current them in a brand new gentle. Others middle on locations that even the main pro New Yorker hasn't ever seen—colonial homes, a operating farm, out-of-the-way parks, and distant beaches—often delivering attractive and unforeseen perspectives from the city’s great shoreline.
A get together of latest York City’s earlier and its current, this precise ebook will intrigue every body attracted to town and its history.
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