Resources

by Anne-Marie Cantwell and Diana diZerega Wall, 
Yale University Press 2001

This book explores the history of New York City’s five boroughs through the lens of archaeology. The authors show how archaeologists fill out our understanding of the region’s history, from the its earliest inhabitants through the 20th century, by utilizing fieldwork to shed light on the past. With great maps showing important archaeological sites throughout greater New York City.

The website for the African Burial Ground National Monument, the site of the oldest and largest known excavated burial ground in North America for both free and enslaved Africans. A moving memorial and important site for on-going research into the lives of African-Americans in early New York.

A 17th century house museum in Queens. This is the best-preserved example of Anglo-Dutch vernacular in the US, and it is a center for research in early New York. It was originally the home of John Bowne, an important advocate for religious freedom in New Amsterdam. Several descendants were vocal abolitionists who were active in the Underground Railroad.

A useful and entertaining historical blog focusing on West Jersey. It includes a history of the founding of the region’s Quaker meetings (August 3, 2011). It also has a glossary of Jerseyisms (September 26, 2010).

Website for a 1650s Brooklyn farmhouse. The farmhouse has been restored to show everyday life for generations of farming families, starting in the New Amsterdam era.

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