info 11.19.10

Past Objects

You won't find many New Yorkers more connected to the city's past than Scott Jordan.

That's because ever since he was a child, he's been digging down into the soil, wherever he can find it, for whatever he can find. What he's excavated from land all over the five boroughs is amazing: bottles, pipes, ivory parasol handles, a bicycle linked to the Great Blizzard of 1888, coins, hairbrushes, toys, watches, pottery, and much else.

He started in 1969 on Governors Island where his father worked and found, buried under a drawbridge, relics dating back to the War of 1812. Mr. Jordan, who attended the High School of Art and Design, is an archaeologist/historian, and an artist, too. He transforms much of what he finds into collages and pendants, selling them at the UWS Greenmarket and the holiday market at Columbus Circle.

Coming at the end of the month, the release of Past Objects, the book he's written on his adventures (with photography by J.K. Putnam) and his finds over the years. Mr. Jordan says, "It's about saving artifacts from the site that will soon be scooped out by big machines and taken out in trucks to some far away place to be used as fill dirt somewhere else."

You can find out more about Mr. Jordan and his search for buried treasure at his website.

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