Chapter 5. Origins of the New York African Burial Ground Population: Biological Evidence of Geographical and Macroethnic Affiliations Using Craniometrics, Dental Morphology, and Preliminary Genetic Analysis
Part of the Archaeology of African Burial Ground National Monument, New York project
Origins are central to understanding the past and present identity of a people.
Origin studies provide, under optimal conditions, a context for all other assessments, such
as archaeological, biomedical, and nutritional evaluations. Characterizing the
phenotypic status and determining the origins of the eighteenth century New York
African population and those individuals interred in the New York African Burial Ground
(NYABG) were among the project’s major goals. Towards that end, our craniometric,
dental morphology, and genetic teams collaborated extensively with project historians
and archaeologists to develop a biocultural, interdisciplinary research strategy for a
historically and ethnographically informed interpretation of the ancestral origins of the
people disinterred from the NYABG. Our research strategy addressed the inquiries of the
descendant African-American community with the professional scientific rigor demanded
by our disciplines.
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Chapter 5. Origins of the New York African Burial Ground Population: Biological Evidence of Geographical and Macroethnic Affiliations Using Craniometrics, Dental Morphology, and Preliminary Genetic Analysis. F. L. Jackson, A. Mayes, M. E. Mack, A. Froment, S. O. Y. Keita, R. A. Kittles, M. George, K. Shujaa, Michael L. Blakey, Lesley M. Rankin-Hill.
In Skeletal Biology Final Report Volume I. Pp. 149-215. 2004 (tDAR ID: 365177)
Calendar Date: 1640 to 1800
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