The Maritime Archaeology of Slave Ships: Overview, Assessment and Prospectus

Author(s): Jessica Glickman; Dave Conlin

Year: 2016


In one of the most consequential historical processes in global history, over a period of approximately 300 years, more than 12 million enslaved persons were stolen from their homelands in Africa and forcibly placed in the new world.  The maritime technology utilized for this shameful trade developed rapidly driven by market forces, while the physical characteristics of ships designed to transport slaves changed over time due to economic, cultural and historical constraints.

This presentation will provide a brief overview of wrecks know, or thought to have been involved it the slave trade, discuss what might archaeologically define a slave ship and then situate this discussion into the larger program of study currently being done by an international consortium of scholars. 

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The Maritime Archaeology of Slave Ships: Overview, Assessment and Prospectus. Jessica Glickman, Dave Conlin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434999)


Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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