New York African Burial Ground Archaeology Final Report, Volume 1. Chapter 10. Coffins
Part of the Archaeology of African Burial Ground National Monument, New York project
Coffin remains (wood and hardware) were by far the most ubiquitous artifacts recovered from graves at the African Burial Ground. In this chapter we report on the distribution of coffins among demographic and temporal groups and examine the historical context for coffin use. We then provide descriptive information on the shapes, sizes, material, construction, and decoration of coffins represented at the excavated cemetery. Finally, we describe the material remains that were recovered from coffins, and their treatment, identification, and quantification.
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New York African Burial Ground Archaeology Final Report, Volume 1. Chapter 10. Coffins. Jean Howson, Leonard G. Bianchi. In New York African Burial Ground Archaeology Final Report, Volume 1. Pp. 250-287. Washington, D.C.: Howard University. 2006 ( tDAR id: 5649) ; doi:10.6067/XCV83F4N90
Calendar Date: 1640 to 1800
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