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The Slave Wrecks Project: An Agenda, An Approach for the Maritime Archaeology of the Slave Trade

Author(s): Stephen Lubkemann ; Jaco Boshoff ; Dave Conlin ; David Morgan ; Jonathan Sharfman ; Chris DeCorse ; Ricardo T Duarte ; Yolanda P Duarte ; Justine Benanty ; Michael Smith ; Ibrahima Thiaw ; Paul Gardullo ; Meredith Hardy

Year: 2016

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This presentation draws upon our research worldwide—and the Sao Jose investigation in particular--to discuss the Slave Wrecks Project’s emerging signature approach to the maritime archaeology of the slave trade. Slaver shipwrecks serve as points of entrée for broader multi-disciplinary, multi-country, collaborative investigations of African-sourced slave trades and enslavement experiences – aiming to incorporate archaeological, archival, and ethno-historical investigation of related sites/landscapes and populations at points of origin, destinations, and other locations in a shipwrecks’ social event trajectory. Research and public engagement mutually inform each other in an approach that seeks effective and meaningful processes for engaging with multiple, heterogeneous, stakeholder communities worldwide. Our conclusions offer an agenda for rendering the maritime archaeology of the slave trade relevant to the investigation, interpretation, and preservation of the past, and consider how maritime archaeology may benefit from greater attention to arguably the most globally consequential seaborne processes in human history.

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The Slave Wrecks Project: An Agenda, An Approach for the Maritime Archaeology of the Slave Trade. Stephen Lubkemann, Jaco Boshoff, Dave Conlin, David Morgan, Jonathan Sharfman, Chris DeCorse, Ricardo T Duarte, Yolanda P Duarte, Justine Benanty, Michael Smith, Ibrahima Thiaw, Paul Gardullo, Meredith Hardy. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 435003)


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

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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America