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From the Publisher
In the space between archaeology and history stand men like Scott
Jordan, a New Yorker who has been digging around in the city''s
soil for the better part of four decades. What began as a childhood
hobby searching for treasure evolved into a lifestyle that has
resulted in Jordan haunting building sites throughout the five
boroughs, attempting to recover history before it is paved over
forever. Using shovels, mesh sieves, canvas rucksacks, ingenuity
and an incredible amount of determination, Jordan has amassed a
staggering collection of antique bottles, china, toys, shoes and
other items, which together create a patchwork historical narrative
of New York City and its earliest settlers.
As a self-trained historian and restorer of damaged objects,
Jordan is not only privy to a unique take on early American
history, but his adventures weave together into a tremendous
factual and speculative examination of the past, by returning it to
the present for all to enjoy. Past Objects features some
of Jordan''s favorite objects and stories, sure to appeal to anyone
intrigued by history, antiques and popular culture.