Chapter 12. Buttons and Fasteners
Part of the Archaeology of African Burial Ground National Monument, New York project
This chapter discusses the evidence for clothing supplied by the buttons, cuff links, and aglets associated with the deceased. It begins with an overview of the burials from which these items were recovered. It then focuses on what black New Yorkers wore during the 18th century, and how clothing and buttons were acquired. The assemblage is then described. Information is provided about recovery, condition and treatment, chain of custody, and findings about manufacture, origin, and age. A synopsis of the material and stylistic range of the assemblage is provided in the typology. The inventory is organized by individual burial, a format that best conveys how the fasteners were used.
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Chapter 12. Buttons and Fasteners. Leonard G. Bianchi, Barbara A. Bianco.
In New York African Burial Ground Archaeology Final Report, Volume 1. Pp. 306-381. Washington, D.C.: Howard University. 2006 (tDAR ID: 5654)
Negroes Burying Ground
Calendar Date: 1640 to 1800
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Contributor(s): Shannon Mahoney