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No questions for the Blacks: Accounting for the languor of Afro-Panamanian Historical Archaeology

Author(s): Felipe Gaitan-Ammann ; Marguerite DeLoney

Year: 2014

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The archaeology of slavery is, undoubtedly, one of the strongest and most dynamic pillars of North American historical archaeology. African-American archaeology, in particular, has played a central part in the understanding and memorializing the multiple dimensions of the racially-based oppression upon which European colonial projects were constructed in the New World. While the contribution of enslaved Africans and free Blacks to the formation of Latin American societies has been amply documented in historiographical and anthropological studies, the potential of archaeology as a source of social and political empowerment for local Afro-descendant communities still seems under-recognized in most Latin American countries. In this paper, we build on an analysis of the development of Panamanian historical archaeologies in recent years in order to address some of the reasons which may account for the slow expansion of the archaeology of African heritage at the Latin American level.

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No questions for the Blacks: Accounting for the languor of Afro-Panamanian Historical Archaeology. Felipe Gaitan-Ammann, Marguerite DeLoney. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436857)

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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