10/2/12

The Archeological Dig in Marine Park

Students from Erasmus Hall and the Science, Technology and Research program, a joint project of Brooklyn College and the city Department of Education, are earning college credit and learning research skills by volunteering for an archeological dig at the Lott House in Marine Park, one of the oldest Dutch homesteads left in New York City.

They are supervised in the "discovery learning" experience by H. Arthur Bankoff, a professor of anthropology and archaeology who also works with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

In a series of digs at the Lott House, archeologists have uncovered nearly 300 years of the family's everyday life. The house, which started out as a lean-to in 1719, expanded with the family's rising wealth and social standing.

The property, which once included 200 acres of farmland stretching from Kings Highway to Jamaica Bay, has now been reduced to a single acre in the middle of Marine Park.

The article from CUNY.

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