New York African Burial Ground Archaeology Final Report, Volume 1. Chapter 6. The Early Group
Part of the Archaeology of African Burial Ground National Monument, New York project
Burials are assigned to the Early Group on the basis of coffin type, relationship to site features, and stratigraphy (see Chapter 4; problematic assignments are noted below). Burials placed in this group appear to pre-date the use of the eastern part of the cemetery by nearby pottery factories, in place circa 1730, for dumping of kiln waste. Absolute dating is not possible, however. For convenience, we give the Early Group a hypothetical end date of 1735. A sketch of the town and its population precedes the tabulation of the Early Group mortuary sample. The material culture and spatial distribution of the burials are then discussed, followed by a description of unique and unusual interments.
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New York African Burial Ground Archaeology Final Report, Volume 1. Chapter 6. The Early Group. Warren R. Perry, Jean Howson, Augustin F. C. Holl. In New York African Burial Ground Archaeology Final Report, Volume 1. Pp. 156-178. Washington, D.C.: Howard University. 2006 ( tDAR id: 5382) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8736PX2
Calendar Date: 1640 to 1735
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