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Slavery in Africa: Archaeology and Memory

Paul Lane and Kevin C. MacDonald


The role and consequences of slavery in the history of Africa have been brought to the fore recently in historical, anthropological, and archaeological research. Public remembrances — such as Abolition 2007 in Great Britain, which marked the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act and which this book also commemorates — have also stimulated considerable interest. There is a growing realisation that enslavement, whether as part of a sliding scale of ‘rights in persons’ or due to acts of violence, has a history on the African continent that extends back in time long before the Trans- ... More

Keywords: slavery, history of Africa, Abolition 2007, Slave Trade Act, rights in persons, acts of violence, African continent, settlement systems, slavery-based economies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264782
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264782.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Lane, editor
Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of York

Kevin C. MacDonald, editor
Reader in African Archaeology, University College London

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2 Segou: Warfare and the Origins of a State of Slavery

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Part II Archaeological Dimensions of the Atlantic Slave Trade

Part III Elusive Slavery

Part IV Remembering Slavery

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