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Archaeologies of African American Life in the Upper Mid-Atlantic, Archaologies of African American Life in the Upper Mid-Atlantic, 0817319654, 0-8173-1965-4, 978-0-8173-1965-6, 9780817319656, , , Archaologies of African American Life in the Upper Mid-Atlantic, 0817391509, 0-8173-9150-9, 978-0-8173-9150-8, 9780817391508,

Archaeologies of African American Life in the Upper Mid-Atlantic
Edited by Michael J. Gall and Richard F. Veit

Hardcover
2017. 288 pp.
41 B&W figures / 4 tables
978-0-8173-1965-6
Price:  $69.95 s
E Book
2017. 286 pp.
41 B&W figures / 4 tables
978-0-8173-9150-8
Price:  $69.95 d

New scholarship provides insights into the archaeology and cultural history of African American life from a collection of sites in the Mid-Atlantic.

This groundbreaking volume explores the archaeology of African American life and cultures in the Upper Mid-Atlantic region, using sites dating from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. Sites in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York are all examined, highlighting the potential for historical archaeology to illuminate the often overlooked contributions and experiences of the region’s free and enslaved African American settlers.
 
Archaeologies of African American Life in the Upper Mid-Atlantic brings together cutting-edge scholarship from both emerging and established scholars. Analyzing the research through sophisticated theoretical lenses and employing up-to-date methodologies, the essays reveal the diverse ways in which African Americans reacted to and resisted the challenges posed by life in a borderland between the North and South through the transition from slavery to freedom. In addition to extensive archival research, contributors synthesize the material finds of archaeological work in slave quarter sites, tenant farms, communities, and graveyards.
 
Editors Michael J. Gall and Richard F. Veit have gathered new and nuanced perspectives on the important role free and enslaved African Americans played in the region’s cultural history. This collection provides scholars of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, African American studies, material culture studies, religious studies, slavery, the African diaspora, and historical archaeologists with a well-balanced array of rural archaeological sites that represent cultural traditions and developments among African Americans in the region. Collectively, these sites illustrate African Americans’ formation of fluid cultural and racial identities, communities, religious traditions, and modes of navigating complex cultural landscapes in the region under harsh and disenfranchising circumstances.

Michael J. Gall is a principal senior archaeologist at RGA, Inc., in Cranbury, New Jersey, and has directed more than two hundred archaeological projects in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions in the past eighteen years.
 
Richard F. Veit is a professor of anthropology and chair of the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University. He is a North American historical archaeologist whose research focuses on the Mid-Atlantic region between the late seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries. He is the author and coauthor of six books including Digging New Jersey’s Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State.

"This volume is an important regional contribution to the story of African Americans in a borderland that has been little studied. It uses the latest techniques of the growing field of historical archaeology to provide us with new insights on a critical part of American History."
American Archaeology

“The first comprehensive look at the archaeology of African American sites in the Upper Mid-Atlantic. This volume should be well received by historical archaeologists of the African diaspora and historians alike.”
—J. W. Joseph, president of the Society for Historical Archaeology and coeditor of Another’s Country: Archaeological and Historical Perspectives on Cultural Interactions in the Southern Colonies
 

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