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

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

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

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 … Continue reading September 2008 African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter is Up