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Archaeological Perspectives on Colonial Slavery: Placing Africa in African Diaspora Studies in the Caribbean

E. Kofi Agorsah

in Slavery in Africa

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780197264782
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754012 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264782.003.0010

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Archaeological Perspectives on Colonial Slavery: Placing Africa in African Diaspora Studies in the Caribbean

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This chapter examines imbalances in approaches to the archaeological study of the history of slavery in Africa and the African Diaspora. It argues that the main causes of interpretive problems are a lack of coordination between disciplines and regional specialisms. A ‘Kormantse’ case study, bridging Africa and the Caribbean, is used to demonstrate how archaeological endeavours may attempt to address such imbalances in understanding African cultures. Yet, despite recent gains, most archaeological researchers and projects continue to maintain their guarded interests, even where it is clear that they need to reach out and connect the two sides of the Atlantic.

Keywords: Kormantse; Caribbean; African Diaspora; archaeological research; slavery

Chapter.  9172 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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