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New Yorkers owe thanks to pioneering archaeologists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, such as William L. Calver and Reginald Pelham Bolton, for finding and recording evidence of local Native American and European colonial life. Others, among them Ralph Solecki and Bert Salwen, later founding members of PANYC, continued this tradition of discovery and documentation within the urban theater of New York City.

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HISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY ARCHAEOLOGY 

Much of the information presented here on the history of NYC archaeology and PANYC came from the exhibition, "We Dig New York: Professional Archaeologists of New York City," held in The Community Gallery, The Museum of The City of New York from April 2 to September 11, 1997.

HISTORY OF PANYC

While individuals have always played a part in discovering and protecting remains of the past, organizations can be more effective. The founding of PANYC crystallized in 1979 after plans were announced by a developer, Galbreath Ruffin, to construct a new headquarters at 85 Broad Street for Goldman Sachs, on the block where the Stadt Huys, New Amsterdam's first town hall, was once located.

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