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Urban Archaeology Lecture at the Charnley-Persky House

by SAH News | Feb 06, 2012
Join SAH on Thursday, February 23 at 6:00 p.m. for a presentation on the urban archeological dig that took place during Summer 2010 on the Charnley-Persky House property. 

Led by Rebecca Graff, the dig was a five-week class for anthropology students at DePaul University. In this lecture, Graff will give an overview of the archaeological project and discuss how the findings speak to the history of the Gold Coast, particularly to the consumer choices choices of the time. Many of the artifacts will be on display for guests to view.

Rebecca S. Graff received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. She holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and an MA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Graff is a historical archaeologist who completed her dissertation, “The Vanishing City: Time, Tourism, and the Archaeology of Event in Chicago's 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition” this past spring. She has directed several archaeological excavations in Chicago, most recently at the Charnley-Persky House. Her areas of specialization include 19th- and 20th-century urban archaeology, memory and material culture, and the relationship between temporality and modernity.