Detroit 139

Archaeology and the Future-Making of a Post- Industrial City

  • Krysta Ryzewski Wayne State University
Keywords: archaeology, Detroit, development, heritage, revitalization

Abstract

The future-making efforts currently unfolding in Detroit have direct implications on the extent to which the city’s pasts will be included in the narratives of generations to come. This essay evaluates current tensions between developers and preservation-oriented stakeholders. In doing so, it lays the groundwork for considering how archaeological initiatives and anthropological treatments of heritage might fit within revitalization efforts. Examples of grassroots, community-led projects undertaken by archaeologists and local partners demonstrate the potential for archaeology to contribute to the maintenance of community heritage and the shape of the city’s future.

Author Biography

Krysta Ryzewski, Wayne State University

Krysta Ryzewski is Associate Professor of Anthropology and co-director of the Anthropology of the City Initiative at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She is a historical and contemporary archaeologist with twenty years' experience working on projects in North America and the Caribbean. She is the co-editor with Laura McAtackney of Contemporary Archaeology and the City: Creativity, Ruination, and Political Action (Oxford University Press, 2017).

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Published
2019-06-26
How to Cite
Ryzewski, K. (2019). Detroit 139. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 6(1), 85-100. https://doi.org/10.1558/jca.33835