In her keynote, Alyssa Loorya discusses being an urban archaeologist in New York City. Loorya is the President and Co-founder of Chrysalis Archaeology. She is also a board member at other preservation groups including Hendrick I. Lott House, as well as the Historic Districts Council.
Alyssa Loorya opens her keynote by bringing up the fact that in urban centers, people often do not consider what could be beneath the city. She continues to state that as an urban archeologist she focuses on how artifacts can inform us about previous people that lived in New York City.
Loorya goes on to speak about projects she was involved in where they found old artifacts beneath New York City, including a well base and a water bottle.
She also notes that City Hall Park is an important location in the city, as it used to be the location of a residence for underprivileged people. The location was also a place where public protests and executions were held.
Alyssa Loorya concludes her keynote by outlining how our past can inform our future, and archaeology can help us use knowledge from the past.