Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora

Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora

by Akinwumi Ogundiran, Toyin Falola
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Indiana University Press


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Archaeology of Atlantic Africa and the African Diaspora

This is the First Book devoted to the archaeology of African life on both sides of the Atlantic and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253221759
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 01/26/2010
Series: Blacks in the Diaspora Series
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 1,062,396
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Akinwumi Ogundiran is Assistant Professor of History at Florida International University in Miami.

Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is co-editor (with Matt D. Childs) of The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World (IUP, 2004).

Table of Contents

Figures vii

Tables xiii

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvii

I Introduction

1 Pathways in the Archaeology of Transatlantic Africa Akinwumi Ogundiran Toyin Falola 3

II Atlantic Africa

2 Entangled Lives: The Archaeology of Daily Life in the Gold Coast Hinterlands, AD 1400-1900 Ann Brower Stahl 49

3 Living in the Shadow of the Atlantic World: History and Material Life in a Yoruba-Edo Hinterland, ca. 1600-1750 Akinwumi Ogundiran 77

4 Dahomey and the Atlantic Slave Trade: Archaeology and Political Order on the Bight of Benin J. Cameron Monroe 100

5 Enslavement in the Middle Senegal Valley: Historical and Archaeological Perspectives Alioune Déme Ndèye Sokhna Guèye 122

6 The Landscape and Society of Northern Yorubaland during the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade Aribidesi Usman 140

7 The Collapse of Coastal City-States of East Africa Chapurukha M. Kusimba 160

8 Ghana's "Slave Castles," Tourism, and the Social Memory of the Atlantic Slave Trade Brempong Osei-Tutu 185

III African Diaspora

9 BaKongo Identity and Symbolic Expression in the Americas Christopher C. Fennell 199

10 "In This Here Place": Interpreting Enslaved Homeplaces Whitney L. Battle-Baptiste 233

11 Bringing the Out Kitchen In? The Experiential Landscapes of Black and White New England Alexandra A. Chan 249

12 African Metallurgy in the Atlantic World Candice L. Goucher 277

13 Between Urban and Rural: Organization and Distribution of Local Pottery in Eighteenth-Century Jamaica Mark W. Hauser 292

14 Allies, Adversaries, and Kin in the African Seminole Communities of Florida: Archaeology at Pilaklikaha Terrance Weik 311

15 Scars of Brutality: Archaeology of the Maroons in the Caribbean E. Kofi Agorsah 332

16 The Archaeological Study of the African Diaspora in Brazil Pedro P. Funari 355

17 The Vanishing People: Archaeology of the African Population in Buenos Aires Daniel Schávelzon 372

18 Maritime Archaeology and the African Diaspora Fred L. McGhee 384

19 Archaeology of the African Meeting House on Nantucket Mary C. Beaudry Ellen P. Berkland 395

20 Practicing African American Archaeology in the Atlantic World Anna S. Agbe-Davies 413

References 427

Contributors 493

Index 499

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