1. Education
Send to a Friend via Email

Slavery and Archaeology

Archaeologists study slavery for many reasons, but the primary reason is probably that it allows comparison between two classes of people living and interacting at the same time.

African American Archaeology in Alexandria, Virginia
From the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, a brief report of archaeological investigations on a slave pen and a slave woman's home.

African Diaspora Network
A web portal and focal point for archaeological studies of African diasporas

Archaeology of the Atlantic Slave Trade
From Dan Hicks at the University of Sheffield, an article on issues of race and ethnicity in slavery on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Chris Fennell's African Diaspora
A compilation page on the African diaspora, from Chris Fennell, and including a huge quantity of links to articles on African-American slavery.

Digital Archaeological Archive of Chesapeake Slavery
The core of the DAACS site is a relational database comparing artifacts and archaeological contexts of slaves and masters in the Chesapeake region of the American northeast prior to the Civil War. But don't let that scare you off--the information is quite accessible to the non-databased human.

Pydna (Macedonia, Greece)
A mass burial of 115 individuals dated to the 4th century BC is reported in this brief article from the September 2005 Antiquity, by S. Triantaphyllou and M. Bessios. The site appears to have evidence for slavery, in the form of iron restraining rings.

Slavery and Archaeology: A Bibliography
A collection of recent academic articles on the archaeology of slavery, primarily on the African-American slave trade of the early centuries of European occupation of the New World.

Yankee Slavery
An article in Archaeology magazine on Gerald Sawyer of Central Connecticut State University and his work on slavery in the American northeast before the Civil War.

You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.