This is the first book devoted to the archaeology of African life on both sides of the Atlantic; it highlights the importance of archaeology in completing the historical records of the Atlantic world's Africans. Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora presents a diverse, richly textured picture of Africans' experiences during the era of the Atlantic slave trade and offers the most comprehensive explanation of how African lives became entangled with the creation of the modern world. Through interdisciplinary approaches to material culture, the dynamics of a comparative transatlantic archaeology is developed.
Akinwumi Ogundiran is Chair of the Africana Studies Department and Professor of Africana Studies, Anthropology and History at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He is author of Archaeology and History in the Ilare District, 1200-1900. Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is editor (with Matt D. Childs) of The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World (IUP, 2005).
Contents Preface Part 1. Introduction 1. Pathways in the Archaeology of Transatlantic Africa Akinwumi Ogundiran and Toyin Falola Part 2. Atlantic Africa 2. Entangled Lives: The Archaeology of Daily Life in the Gold Coast Hinterlands, AD 1400-1900 Ann Brower Stahl 3. Living in the Shadow of the Atlantic World: History and Material Life in a Yoruba-Edo Hinterland, ca. 1600-1750 Akinwumi Ogundiran 4. Dahomey and the Atlantic Slave Trade: Archaeology and Political Order on the Bight of Benin J. Cameron Monroe 5. Enslavement in the Middle Senegal Valley: Historical and Archaeological Perspectives Alioune Deme and Ndeye Sokhna Gueye 6. The Landscape and Society of Northern Yorubaland during the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade Aribidesi Usman 7. The Collapse of Coastal City-States of East Africa Chapurukha M. Kusimba 8. Ghana's "Slave Castles," Tourism, and the Social Memory of the Atlantic Slave Trade Brempong Osei-Tutu Part 3. African Diaspora 9. BaKongo Identity and Symbolic Representation in the Americas Christopher C. Fennell 10. "In This Here Place": Interpreting Enslaved Homeplaces Whitney L. Battle-Baptiste 11. Bringing the Out Kitchen In? The Experiential Landscapes of Black and White New England Alexandra A. Chan 12. African Metallurgy in the Atlantic World Candice L. Goucher 13. Between Urban and Rural: Organization and Distribution of Local Pottery in Eighteenth-Century Jamaica Mark W. Hauser 14. Allies, Adversaries, and Kin in the African Seminole Communities of Florida: Archaeology at Pilaklikaha Terrance Weik 15. Scars of Brutality: Archaeology of the Maroons in the Caribbean E. Kofi Agorsah 16. The Archaeological Study of the African Diaspora in Brazil Pedro P. Funari 17. The Vanishing People: Archaeology of the African Population in Buenos Aires Daniel Schavelzon 18. Maritime Archaeology and the African Diaspora Fred L. McGhee 19. Archaeology of the African Meeting House on Nantucket Mary C. Beaudry and Ellen P. Berkland 20. Practicing African American Archaeology in the Atlantic World Anna S. Agbe-Davies References List of Contributors Index
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