Seditious Delicious Harlem River Mudlarking   New Moons Winter  2015

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A mudlark is someone who scavenges in river mud for items of value, a term used especially to describe those who scavenged this way in London during the late 18th and 19th centuries.
 
Oxford English Dictionary. Third edition, March 2003; online version March 2011: According to the Oxford English Dictionary, first published use of the word was in 1785 as a slang term meaning ‘a hog’. The dictionary speculates its origin may have been a humorous variation on ‘skylark’. By 1796 the word was also being used to describe ‘Men and boys … who prowl about, and watch under the ships when the tide will permit.’

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