urban-archaeology

This was the library in Worcester State Hospital’s administrative building, colloquially known as the Clocktower.  Most of the light in this photograph - which was a four-minute-long exposure - came from a crack in the board over the window at left.  Sadly, the Clocktower was razed in 2012.  For more on this historic asylum, check out my blog.

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With urban, Western settler and Native American archaeological sites just a short distance from campus, students in the UM Anthropology Program have a lot of opportunities to get their hands dirty. The undergraduate major includes options in archaeology, cultural & ethnic diversity, and forensic, linguistic and medical anthropology. Students also can pursue a minor in linguistics and certificates in English as second language, historical preservation and forensic studies.

Graduate programs include general anthropology, forensic anthropology, cultural heritage, applied anthropology, applied medical anthropology and linguistic anthropology.

Learn more on the UM Anthropology Program website.

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Eerie new images show forgotten French apartment that was abandoned at the outbreak of World War II and left untouched for 70 years.

View inside the Paris apartment.

Eerie new images have emerged of a French apartment abandoned at the outbreak of World War II and left untouched in the seven decades since

Other than a thick layer of dust covering the furniture, the room looks exactly as it would have done 70 years ago when its occupants fled Paris for the south of France as the Second World War erupted in Europe.

With Germany devising the Fall Gelb – a military sub-campaign later known as the Manstein Plan, with an objective conquering Northern France – the owner of the chic apartment decided that leaving the capital was the only way she could guarantee her safety.

The flat’s titleholder, a woman known only as Mrs De Florian, never returned to the apartment and never rented it out. Its existence only came to light in 2010, when Mrs De Florian died without issue at the age of 91 and experts were brought in to value the property.

The flat, which is close to the Pigalle red-light district in Paris’ 9th Arrondissement, was said to be like a “stumbling in to the castle of Sleeping Beauty” by one expert, as a room full of artworks and beautiful furniture was discovered behind its long-locked font door.

One specialist, Oliver Choppin-Janvry, said he was particularly impressed by a tableau of a woman in a pink muslin evening dress, which turned out to be a work by the 19th Century Italian artist Giovanni Boldini.

Source:       The Independent,   and   The Paris apartment.

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Check out this brilliant video on urban archaeology of homelessness in Bristol! I’m especially digging the impromptu rap in the beginning.

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Los Angeles is a mess. Sprawl, smog, clogged arterial freeways and just general congestion are symptoms that have long defined the city’s ill-repute to any number of people coming from the East, unused to such a colossal example of “urban expressionism”. Yet take one step backwards and the city’s preeminence begins to come together – from the global influence of Hollywood to the architecture articulated by Neutra, Frank Lloyd Wright and seen in the Eames and Gamble Houses. The city has long been a cauldron of experimentation, and still remains as one perhaps as a lasting characteristic of L.A.’s spontaneous growth.

Over the past few years, photojournalist Ethan Pines has documented the constitutive building blocks of Los Angeles and its surrounding cities. From aerial landscapes of the city’s farthest reaches, to revealing portraits of single-family homes, Pines has created a compelling dialogue on the unique forms of Los Angeles and their peculiarity. Tomorrow, February 2, NEW THEME Gallery presents the first solo exhibition of Pines, which highlights the eccentricity of L.A.’s distinct urban forms, as well as proposing a future sustainable architecture for the city based on NEW THEME’s design of the Hollywood Hills residence of photographer Jill Greenberg.

The opening reception takes place from 7PM-10PM at NEW THEME Gallery. Click here for more information on the exhibition and to RSVP.