New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Urban Archeology/Then and Now
Right: Urban Archeology
Did you know that there are archeological sites right here in New York City? Pieces of our city’s history are hidden under our feet beneath streets, parks, and parking lots.
Under this playground, archeologists found wooden wharves (or docks) built over 200 years ago and many artifacts (objects) from our city’s past. The place where you’re standing used to be filled with water.
Left: Then and Now
Artifacts are clues that help us learn about people from the past. If archeologists found your shoe 100 years from now, what would they learn about you?
The artifacts in the left-hand column below were found here. Which of the present-day images on the right match up with them?
Erected by NYC Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 40° 42.362′ N, 74° 0.226′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Burling Slip near South Street, on the leftTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Imagination Playground, New York NY 10038, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Archaeological Discovery/Making Land (here, next to this marker); 170-6 John Street, 86 South Street (within shouting distance of this marker); High Water Mark (within shouting distance of this marker); Wavertree (within shouting distance of this marker); 207 - 211 Water Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 203 Front Street (about 400 feet away); 206 Front Street (about 400 feet away); Fulton Fish Waist - 142 Beekman Street (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 27, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.