Theorizing African Diaspora Archaeology

Part of: Society for Historical Archaeology 2014

As African diaspora archaeology continues to grow, archaeologists are rapidly expanding their theoretical toolkit to help explain and make sense of the archaeological record. This search for explanatory models and theoretical frameworks has caused many archaeologists to look outside of the sphere of traditional archaeology and anthropology. Using diverse theoretical perspectives from Africana Studies, Public Health, and other disciplines, panelists will attempt to wed theory with archaeological data to help rethink old African diaspora sites and help explain new ones. This symposium was co-organized by the Society of Black Archaeologists in collaboration with the Gender and Minority Affairs Committee.

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  • Black and Yellow: Thoughts on Crossing a Different Color Line in the American Southeast (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Edward Gonzalez-Tennant.

    This contribution questions how historical archaeology’s focus on ‘culturally bounded’ groups might restrict a fuller exploration of oppressive social practices such as slavery, racism, and inequality. The discussion explores the interconnected lives of African and Asian Americans in the Deep South during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While most Americans are aware of the African American experience in the region, dedicated studies of Chinese Americans in the southern states are rare....

  • Heterogeneous Racial Group Model and the African American Past (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Justin Dunnavant.

    Keywords: African American, Health, RaceWhen looking at racial health disparities in historic populations, we often focus on differences of race, socio-economic status, and class. While these studies have lead to provocative insights and continue to remain relevant, less attention has been given to disparities within historic African American populations. Applying Celious and Oyserman (2001) Heterogeneous Racial Group Model to a sample population derived from those interred at the Mt. Pleasant...

  • Historical Ecology for Risk Management (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Justin Dunnavant.

    Applied Research in Environmental Sciences Nonprofit, Inc., ARIES, the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium, BASC, and the North Slope Borough Risk Management are collaborating to develop and implement a historical ecology model for the North Slope Coastal Region of Alaska. Historical ecology is an applied research program that focuses on interactions of people and their environments. Research applications involve understanding this relationship in both time and space about its accumulated effects....

  • Interpreting the Shared Yard Spaces of a 19th Century Plantation: Kingsley Plantation, Jacksonville, Florida, 1814-1860 (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Amber Grafft-Weiss.

    Kingsley Plantation, located on Fort George Island in Jacksonville, Florida, offers archaeological insight into the lives of enslaved Africans living in Florida. The site, owned for many years by Zephaniah Kingsley, a merchant and sometime slave trader, features an array of still-standing historical structures including an arc of tabby slave cabins. The most recent excavations at the plantation have been conducted through the University of Florida’s field school each summer since 2006. These...

  • Interrogating Notions of Freedom and Enslavement Through the Representation of Anna Kingsley at Kingsley Plantation (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Ayana Flewellen.

    In Scenes of Subjection Saidiya Hartman examines ‘forms of violence and domination enabled by the recognition of humanity’(p.6). The central theme of the text is how ‘emancipation appears less the grand event of liberation than a point of transition between modes of servitude and racial subjection’(p. 6). In this paper, I pull from Hartman’s theory of emancipation and subjugation to analyze the text and pictures on display boards that disseminate knowledge about Anna Kingsley’s life at the...

  • Material and Memory at the Site of the Homeplace (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only Annelise Morris.

    This paper explores the material aspects of memorialization through the lived practice of an archaeological excavation centered around the site of the Homeplace. Utilizing bell hooks’ articulation of the Homeplace as a site of support and resistance, the project explores the material culture of three generations of occupation at the Homeplace, from the mid-19th century to the present. Within this, I will discuss the experience of memorialization in this public archaeology project made up of...

  • Memoryscapes, Whiteness, and River Street: How African Americans Helped Maintain Euroamerican Identity in Boise, Idaho (2014)
    DOCUMENT Citation Only William White.

    Prior to the Civil Rights movement, most cities in the United States had at least one racially segregated neighborhood--a place where the ‘”others”’ lived. This was typically a geographic location designated by the Euroamerican community and accepted as an enclave by non-Euroamericans. In Boise, Idaho, non-Euroamericans lived in the River Street Neighborhood, a place where African Americans, Basque, Japanese, and Eastern Europeans established homes and businesses. While the boundaries of this...