Temple Students Help Unearth New Jersey’s Early African-American History

Temple University Students Participate in Archaeological Dig of Pre-Civil War African-American Settlement in New Jersey

Archaeology students at Temple University in Philadelphia have been at work at the site of Timbuctoo, an African-American settlement in Burlington County, New Jersey, that dates back to the 1820s. The students have unearthed several brick structures that were built before the Civil War. Archaeologists have found marbles and toy guns, suggesting that there were children in the community. The graves of 13 African-American veterans of the Civil War were located and there is evidence that there are many more African-American graves.

via JBHE: Latest News for 7/22/10.

Lentz, Springate, Deetz and Swanson on Slavery, Memory and the Material of African-American History

The following articles appear in June 2010 issue of the African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter:

Obscuring the Inequalities of Slavery:

Identifying Differential Access to Ceramics at Monticello
by Kari Lentz

The Sexton’s House Has a Ritual Concealment:
Late 19th-Century Negotiations of Double Consciousness
at a Black Family Home in Sussex County, New Jersey
by Megan E. Springate

Diggin’ Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima:
Battling Myth through Archaeology
by Kelley Deetz

The Loss of the Slave Ship
Fly at the Florida Keys in 1789
by Gail Swanson

Read in full here.

Archaeology course unlocks “silent history” of the slave trade in West Africa

(via ArchaeoBlog via UCSC News):

Taught by assistant professor of anthropology J. Cameron Monroe, the class opened a door that led Baker-Rabe to West Africa, where she spent seven weeks this past summer as part of UCSC’s first undergraduate archaeological expedition to Benin.

Under Monroe’s leadership, Baker-Rabe and seven other undergraduates spent nearly two months unearthing beads, bits of pottery, and other artifacts that yield clues to the everyday lives of Africans during the 18th and 19th centuries. Galvanized by the experience, she now plans to apply to graduate school and pursue a Ph.D. in archaeology….

 

 

September 2008 African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter is Up

From the site:

In September’s newsletter, we feature: articles and essays by E. Kofi Agorsah, Thomas Butler, Jane Eva Baxter, John D. Burton, John Ringquist, Marty Wild, and Zacharys Anger Gundu; a compiled list of recent dissertations in African diaspora archaeology and history; news reports and announcements; and book reviews by James G. Gibb, Christopher Espenshade, John Roby, and B. R. Fortenberry.

The African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter is published quarterly and edited by Christopher C. Fennell, Assistant Professor of Archaeology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  It is free and available online.  Below is the TOC:

Articles, Essays, and Reports

News and Announcements

Conferences and Calls for Papers

Book ReviewsReview of “Subfloor Pits and the
Archaeology of Slavery in Colonial Virginia”
by James G. Gibb

Review of “The Potters of Buur Heybe, Somalia”
by Christopher Espenshade

Review of “Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles,
and the Foundation of the Americas, 1585-1660″
by John Roby

Review of “The Atlantic World: A History, 1400-1888″
by B. R. Fortenberry