Recent archaeological excavations conducted by the UNO Department of Anthropology are providing insights into the rich textures of economic and daily life in the eighteenth and nineteenth century French Quarter. From the household of a Colonial-era fur trader on Royal Street to antebellum cottage-level enterprises in hide tanning and in metalworking on St. Peter and Bourbon, this talk will explore the many ways in which the Vieux Carré has been at the center of commerce in the City of New Orleans. It will also address how archaeology is used as a tool to better understand the roles of those, both enslaved and free, whose labor built and sustained the city. D. Ryan Gray is the Richard Wallin Boebel Endowed Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the University of New Orleans. He received his BA in Archaeology from Columbia University and his MA and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. His current research spans many topics, from the spiritual churches of New Orleans to Storyville, its red light district, and he recently led a project in Austria to recover the remains of a Tuskegee Airman who crashed during World War II. His first book, exploring race and segregation through archaeology at the sites of four of New Orleans’ housing projects, will be published by the University of Alabama Press next year.
6 pm lecture; 7 pm wine Gallier House Shop 1128 Royal Street