Black Experiences within the Field of Archaeology

Author(s): Ayana Flewellen; Justin Dunnavant

Year: 2014


African American historical and heritage sites have increasingly become the center of archaeological attention in America; however members of the African Diaspora, both within and outside the academy, such as graduate students, project organizers, field excavators and community collaborators, remain largely underrepresented. The Society of Black Archaeologists (SBA) was created in 2011 with five goals in mind; one of which is to highlight the past and present achievements and contributions that Blacks have made to the field of archaeology. With this in mind SBA is currently working towards collecting and archiving oral history interviews from members of the African Diaspora to gain a better understanding of their roles and experiences in order to bring about a more diverse future within the field of archaeology. This poster showcases the progression of SBA’s Oral History Project by highlighting some of the current interviews collected and illustrating central themes that run throughout the interviews.

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Black Experiences within the Field of Archaeology. Ayana Flewellen, Justin Dunnavant. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437419)

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PaperId(s): POS-99,08