New York City’s Archaeology of the African Diaspora
Native English speakers only please.
Paper will be structured as follows:
1)introduction of african burial ground in NYC with thesis statement;
2) overview of how archaeology and material culture contribute to the historical scholarship of slavery;
3) historical context: identify which historical factors effected their mortuary practices using primary sources
4) analysis: select a material culture object from the African Burial Ground in NYC and describe in detail what it looks like; then apply meaning to it/provide an interpretation for it; finally put the item into context about what it can teach the reader about the condition of enslavement and how enslaved people used these items to create an experience for themselves. Repeat this process for 3-4 additional material culture items from the Burial Ground.
5) conclusion of essential points.
Note: Citations must include page numbers. Bibliography also required.
Brown, V. (2008). The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.
Seeman, E. R. (2010). Reassessing the “Sankofa symbol” in New York’s African Burial Ground. William and Mary Quarterly, 3d ser., 67: 101-122.