A study of the cultures and slavery in the african diaspora

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A study of the cultures and slavery in the african diaspora

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Free course The African diaspora: An archaeological perspective 1 Why study slavery through archaeology? The transatlantic slave trade has had a significant social and cultural impact on the modern Western world.

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But surely this is a historical question, so what can archaeology have to do with it? Archaeology has a distinctive position as a subject because it is essentially interdisciplinary, drawing upon the Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Sciences or indeed any other subject that might be relevant in order to investigate the human past through its material remains.

Just as now, people in the past created all kinds of material traces of their lives and, because of this, archaeology can study literally anything that people have done.

This freedom enables archaeologists to study things from any time in the past and, possibly more importantly, to evaluate how things have changed from one time to the next. Archaeology is also uniquely placed to study non-elite parts of societies through their material culture be it from prehistory or historical periods.


Written documents relating to the African diaspora to the Americas are overwhelmingly written by the enslavers, not the slaves. Archaeology has the opportunity to apply its particular approaches to the academic study of the subject.

However, as you will soon see, it has been slow to take up the challenge. Although Greek and Roman slavery has long been studied, it is rarely given an explicitly African focus.

There has been virtually no archaeological study of the East African slave trade Alexander, The archaeological study of the transatlantic diaspora has only recently developed out of the archaeological interest in the first Western settlers in North America, and the remains of their colonial settlements.The descendants of the diasporic movements wrought out of slavery (both the Imperial Diaspora and the African Diaspora) have developed their own unique cultures that both retain and often elaborate on their original cultures.

How do we study Afro-Diasporic peoples and cultures in nations that have officially eliminated all racial categories? This session uses Mexico, a country that abolished caste identifiers and slavery in , as a case study to investigate the role of state formation in the making of what is—and is not—the African Diaspora.

Video: History of the African Diaspora in the New World While the New World may have been a world of new opportunities for Europeans, it was one of oppression for the millions of Africans who.

Slave Culture’s opening chapter, "Slavery and the Circle of Culture," evinces a methodological dexterity that provides the basis for a powerful demonstration of cultural linkages connecting an African past with an African American future.

The slaves on a ship would not be from one place or ethnic group, speaking one language and with one culture. They would be a mixed group, purchased from different places around the west coast of Africa and from different traders. brief essay, the study of African-American history and culture has been, and continues to be, politically charged to a considerable extent.

This essay briefly recounts the evolution of the study of African culture in America in the hope that it will provide a clearer context for African-American archaeology.

The New African Diaspora