Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora


Edited by Akinwumi Ogundiran and Toyin Falola

Indiana University Press, 2007
Format: cloth 528 pages, 56 b&w photos, 18 maps, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN-13: 978-0-253-34919-4
ISBN: 0-253-34919-2


A breakthrough volume in the study of the material culture of the slave trade.

This is the first book devoted to the archaeology of African life on both sides of the Atlantic and highlights the importance of historical 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.

Table of Contents and Contributors:


Part 1. Introduction

1. Pathways in the Archaeology of Transatlantic Africa, by 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, by Ann Brower Stahl

3. Living in the Shadow of the Atlantic World: History and Material Life in a Yoruba-Edo Hinterland, ca. 1600-1750, by Akinwumi Ogundiran

4. Dahomey and the Atlantic Slave Trade: Archaeology and Political Order on the Bight of Benin, by J. Cameron Monroe

5. Enslavement in the Middle Senegal Valley: Historical and Archaeological Perspectives, by Alioune Déme and Ndeye Sokhna Guèye

6. The Landscape and Society of Northern Yorubaland during the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade, by Aribidesi Usman

7. The Collapse of Coastal City-States of East Africa, by Chapurukha M. Kusimba

8. Ghana’s “Slave Castles,” Tourism, and the Social Memory of the Atlantic Slave Trade, by Brempong Osei-Tutu

Part 3. African Diaspora

9. BaKongo Identity and Symbolic Representation in the Americas, by Christopher C. Fennell

10. “In This Here Place”: Interpreting Enslaved Homeplaces, by Whitney L. Battle-Baptiste

11. Bringing the Out Kitchen In? The Experiential Landscapes of Black and White New England, by Alexandra A. Chan

12. African Metallurgy in the Atlantic World, by Candice L. Goucher

13. Between Urban and Rural: Organization and Distribution of Local Pottery in Eighteenth-Century Jamaica, by Mark W. Hauser

14. Allies, Adversaries, and Kin in the African Seminole Communities of Florida: Archaeology at Pilaklikaha, by Terrance Weik

15. Scars of Brutality: Archaeology of the Maroons in the Caribbean, by E. Kofi Agorsah

16. The Archaeological Study of the African Diaspora in Brazil, by Pedro P. Funari

17. The Vanishing People: Archaeology of the African Population in Buenos Aires, by Daniel Schávelzon

18. Maritime Archaeology and the African Diaspora, by Fred L. McGhee

19. Archaeology of the African Meeting House on Nantucket, by Mary C. Beaudry and Ellen P. Berkland

20. Practicing African American Archaeology in the Atlantic World, by Anna S. Agbe-Davies


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