Archaeologies of Intersectionality

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  • Intersecting Histories: The Beman Triangle and Wesleyan University (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Sarah Croucher.

    This paper discusses preliminary archaeological investigation of the Beman Triangle, CT. From the mid- to late-19th century, the Beman Triangle was a community of property owning African Americans, closely allied with one of the first AME Zion Churches in the US. As a community archaeology project, partnering between the AME Zion Church and Wesleyan University, the archaeological investigations of the site have been driven by multiple intersections. Questions from the working group have...

  • Intersectional Violence and Documentary Archaeology in Rosewood, Florida (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Edward Gonzalez-Tennant.

    The former town of Rosewood was settled in the mid-1800s and by 1900 was a successful, majority African American community. On January 1st, 1923 a white woman in the neighboring community of Sumner fabricated a black assailant to hide her extramarital affair. In less than seven days, the entire community of Rosewood was burned to the ground and its black residents fled to other parts of Florida and the country. This paper discusses a new theoretical perspective on the relationship between...

  • Making a New World Together: The Atlantic World, Afrocentrism, and Negotiated Freedoms between Enslaver and Enslaved at Kingsley Plantation (Fort George Island, Florida), 1814-1839.  (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only James Davidson.

    Zephaniah Kingsley, a British planter and slave trader living in Spanish Florida, was married to Anta Madgigine Jai, an African Senegambian woman, with whom he had four biracial children.  Kingsley, in the context of his own time and given his personal history was decidedly Afrocentric in his later life, remorseful at the end of his life for his past actions as slave trader and owner, and certainly sympathetic to Africans, both enslaved and free, as individuals and to their collective...

  • Radical Heritage Archaeology: A Case Study from the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Whitney Battle-Baptiste. Robert Paynter. Christopher Douyard. Elena Sesma. Anthony Martin. Honora Sullivan-Chin.

    Archaeology at the W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite was based on the goals of combining archaeological problem solving with the teaching of field methods and techniques.  It began in the 1980s when the dominant ethic in archaeology was conservation and Cultural Resource Management. Today, the dominant practice of archaeology has been transformed by projects like the New York African Burial Ground  to revolutionized how we think about archaeology’s relationship with the community.  This paper, based on...

  • Standing at the Crossroads: Toward an Intersectional Archaeology of the African Diaspora   (2013)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Whitney Battle-Baptiste.

    In the 1970s a group of radical Black Feminists, known as the Combahee River Collective, met and put forth a concept they called the "simultaneity of oppression." In 1989, legal studies scholar, Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term "intersectionality" to describe the interlocking matrix of oppression (meaning race, gender and class) experienced by women of African descent within the U.S. legal system. For African Diaspora archaeology, the framework of intersectionality has become a useful method...