The Archaeology of Slavery: A Comparative Approach to Captivity and Coercion

Lydia Wilson Marshall
SIU Press, 2015 - 414 páginas

Plantation sites, especially those in the southeastern United States, have long dominated the archaeological study of slavery. These antebellum estates, however, are not representative of the range of geographic locations and time periods in which slavery has occurred. As archaeologists have begun to investigate slavery in more diverse settings, the need for a broader interpretive framework is now clear.

The Archaeology of Slavery: A Comparative Approach to Captivity and Coercion, edited by Lydia Wilson Marshall, develops an interregional and cross-temporal framework for the interpretation of slavery. Contributors consider how to define slavery, identify it in the archaeological record, and study it as a diachronic process from enslavement to emancipation and beyond.

Essays cover the potential material representations of slavery, slave owners’ strategies of coercion and enslaved people’s methods of resisting this coercion, and the legacies of slavery as confronted by formerly enslaved people and their descendants. Among the peoples, sites, and periods examined are a late nineteenth-century Chinese laborer population in Carlin, Nevada; a castle slave habitation at San Domingo and a more elite trading center at nearby Juffure in the Gambia; two eighteenth-century plantations in Dominica; Benin’s Hueda Kingdom in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; plantations in Zanzibar; and three fugitive slave sites on Mauritius—an underground lava tunnel, a mountain, and a karst cave.

This essay collection seeks to analyze slavery as a process organized by larger economic and social forces with effects that can be both durable and wide-ranging. It presents a comparative approach that significantly enriches our understanding of slavery.


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The Comparative Archaeology of Slavery by Lydia Wilson Marshall
2 Commodities or Gifts? CaptiveSlaves in SmallScale Societies by Catherine M Cameron
3 Bioarchaeological Case Studies of Slavery Captivity and Other Forms of Exploitation by Ryan P Harrod and Debra L Martin
Castle Slaves and the Atlantic Trade at San Domingo the Gambia by Liza Gijanto
5 NineteenthCentury Built Landscape of Plantation Slavery in Comparative Perspective by Theresa A Singleton
A Comparative Investigation of Plantation Spatial Organization on Two British Colonial Sugar Estates by Lynsey A Bates
Plantation Landscapes in Early Colonial Dominica 17631807 by Mark W Hauser
8 Retentions Adaptations and the Need for Social Control within African and African American Communities across the Southern United States from ...
11 The Impact of Slavery on the East African Political Economy and Gender Relationships by Chapurukha M Kusimba
12 Maroon Archaeological Research in Mauritius and Its Possible Implications in a Global Context by Amitava Chowdhury
Fugitive Slaves Interaction and Integration in NineteenthCentury Kenya by Lydia Wilson Marshall
14 The Indian Slave Trade and Catawba History by Mary Elizabeth Fitts
15 Roman Columbarium Tombs and Slave Identities by Dorian Borbonus
Plantation Archaeology in East Africa by Sarah K Croucher
17 A Global Perspective on Maroon Archaeology in Brazil by Lúcio Menezes Ferreira
Challenges of a Comparative Global Framework for Slavery Studies by Christopher C Fennell

9 Cities Slavery and Rural Ambivalence in Precolonial Dahomey by J Cameron Monroe
Atlantic Items Political Processes and the Collapse of the Hueda Kingdom Benin West Africa by Neil L Norman

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Lydia Wilson Marshall is an assistant professor of anthropology at DePauw University. She has published articles in the Journal of African Archaeology and African Archaeological Review and is active in the fields of historical archaeology and African archaeology.

Contributors include Lynsey A. Bates, Dorian Borbonus, Kenneth L. Brown, Catherine M. Cameron, Amitava Chowdhury,Sarah K. Croucher,Christopher C. Fennell, Lúcio Menezes Ferreira,Mary Elizabeth Fitts, Liza Gijanto, Ryan P. Harrod, Mark W. Hauser, Chapurukha M. Kusimba, Debra L. Martin, J. Cameron Monroe, Neil L. Norman, and Theresa A. Singleton.

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