This exciting 2001 collection on a movement in urban archaeology investigates the historical archaeology of urban slums. The material that is dug up - broken dinner plates, glass grog bottles, and innumerable tonnes of building debris, nails and plaster samples - will not quickly find its way into museum collections. But, properly interpreted, it yields evidence of lives and communities that have left little in the way of written records. Including eleven case studies, five on cities in the United States and one each on London and Sheffield, and futher chapters on Cape Town, Sydney, Melbourne and Quebec City, it maps out a new field, which will attract the attention of a range of students and scholars outside archaeology, in particular historical sociologists and historians.
1. Introduction Alan Mayne and Tim Murray; Part I: 2. Slum journeys: ladies and London poverty 1860–1940 Ellen Ross; 3. Empty spaces: West Oakland, California Elaine-Maryse Solari; 4. Horstley Street, District Six Antonia Malan and Elizabeth van Heyningen; 5. New perspectives from Sydney's 'Rocks' district Grace Karskens; 6. Archaeology of Washington DC's alley life after the Civil War Barbara J. Little and Nancy J. Kassner; Part II: 7. The Sheffield Crofts, 1736–1836 Paul Belford; 8. Cultural space and worker identity in the company city Mary Beaudry and Stephen A. Mrozowski; 9. High times, low times and tourist floods Reginald Auger and William Moss; 10. Values and identity in the working class worlds of late nineteenth-century Minneapolis John P. McCarthy; 11. Imaginary landscapes Alan Mayne, Tim Murray, and Susan Lawrence; 12. New York city's five points Rebecca Yamin.