Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

African Diaspora Archaeology

  • Christopher C. FennellEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_1310

Introduction and Definition

Archaeological investigations of African diasporas have expanded dramatically in number, diversity of research designs, and geographic scales over the last several decades. The term “diaspora” is typically used to address the dispersion of people to new locations as a result of hostile circumstances in the areas from which they departed or were abducted. Analysts have pursued a diverse array of perspectives in this period of growth for African diaspora archaeology. Projects have explored questions in spatial scales spanning the household, local, regional, interregional, and global.

Historical Background

Researchers undertaking interdisciplinary studies of African diaspora sites and communities will benefit by familiarity with the analyses of scholars in Black studies, such as Frederick Douglass, St. Claire Drake, W. E. B. Du Bois, bell hooks, Zora Neale Hurston, Arturo Schomburg, Booker T. Washington, George Williams, Carter Woodson, and Malcolm X (e.g.,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA