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Slavery in AfricaArchaeology and Memory$
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Paul Lane and Kevin C. MacDonald

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264782

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264782.001.0001

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Archaeological Perspectives on Colonial Slavery: Placing Africa in African Diaspora Studies in the Caribbean

Archaeological Perspectives on Colonial Slavery: Placing Africa in African Diaspora Studies in the Caribbean

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(p.199) 10 Archaeological Perspectives on Colonial Slavery: Placing Africa in African Diaspora Studies in the Caribbean
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Slavery in Africa
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E. Kofi Agorsah

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264782.003.0010

This chapter examines imbalances in approaches to the archaeological study of the history of slavery in Africa and the African Diaspora. It argues that the main causes of interpretive problems are a lack of coordination between disciplines and regional specialisms. A ‘Kormantse’ case study, bridging Africa and the Caribbean, is used to demonstrate how archaeological endeavours may attempt to address such imbalances in understanding African cultures. Yet, despite recent gains, most archaeological researchers and projects continue to maintain their guarded interests, even where it is clear that they need to reach out and connect the two sides of the Atlantic.

Keywords:   Kormantse, Caribbean, African Diaspora, archaeological research, slavery

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