Category Archives: Slavery and Slave Life: Archaeological Studies

Production Activities in the Household Economies of Plantation Slaves: Barbados and Martinique, Mid-1600s to Mid-1800s

2014 (J. Handler & D. Wallman) “Production Activities in the Household Economies of Plantation Slaves: Barbados and Martinique, Mid-1600s to Mid-1800s.” International Journal of Historic Archaeology. 18 June 2014. Formerly British and French colonies, the eastern Caribbean islands of Barbados … Continue reading

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Gizzard Stones, Wari in the New World, and Slave Ships: Some Research Questions

2009 (Jerome S. Handler) “Gizzard Stones, Wari in the New World, and Slave Ships: Some Research Questions.” African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter. June. Argues that archaeologically recovered so-called gizzard stones were not utilized for playing wari, the African board game, by … Continue reading

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From West Africa to Barbados: A Rare Pipe from a Plantation Slave Cemetery

2007 (J. Handler and N. Norman) “From West Africa to Barbados: A Rare Pipe from a Plantation Slave Cemetery.” African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter. September. Discusses a distinctive short-stemmed earthenware pipe that was excavated in a plantation slave cemetery in Barbados … Continue reading

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From Cambay in India to Barbados in the Caribbean: Two Unique Beads from a Plantation Slave Cemetery

2007 (Jerome S. Handler) “From Cambay in India to Barbados in the Caribbean: Two Unique Beads from a Plantation Slave Cemetery.” African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter. March. In the early 1970s, archaeological investigations at Newton plantation in Barbados recovered the skeletal … Continue reading

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On Interpreting Slave Status from Archaeological Remains

2006 (J. S. Handler and F. W. Lange) “On Interpreting Slave Status from Archaeological Remains.” African Diaspora Archaeology Newsletter. June. An early colonial period church cemetery in Campeche, Mexico yielded the skeletal remains of persons who investigators identified as African … Continue reading

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Problematical Glass Artifacts from Newton Plantation Slave Cemetery, Barbados

1998 (Jerome S. Handler) “Problematical Glass Artifacts from Newton Plantation Slave Cemetery, Barbados.” African American Archaeology 20: 1, 5-6. This paper discusses two virtually identical small translucent glass objects of apparent European manufacture that were found associated with two different … Continue reading

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An African-Type Healer/Diviner and His Grave Goods: A Burial from a Plantation Slave Cemetery in Barbados, West Indies

1997 (Jerome S. Handler) “An African-Type Healer/Diviner and His Grave Goods: A Burial from a Plantation Slave Cemetery in Barbados, West Indies.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 1: 91-130. An adult male buried in the late 1600s or early 1700s … Continue reading

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A Prone Burial from a Plantation Slave Cemetery in Barbados, West Indies: Possible Evidence for an African-type Witch or Other Negatively Viewed Person

1996 (Jerome S. Handler) “A Prone Burial from a Plantation Slave Cemetery in Barbados, West Indies: Possible Evidence for an African-type Witch or Other Negatively Viewed Person.” Historical Archaeology 30: 76-86. Dating to the late 1600s or early 1700s, a … Continue reading

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Determining African Birth from Skeletal Remains: A Note on Tooth Mutilation

1994 (Jerome S. Handler) “Determining African Birth from Skeletal Remains: A Note on Tooth Mutilation.” Historical Archaeology 28: 113-19. Tooth mutilation existed in sub-Saharan Africa, and was found among slaves transported to the New World. A small number of mutilation … Continue reading

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Searching for a Slave Cemetery in Barbados, West Indies: A Bioarchaeological and Ethnohistorical Investigation

1989 (J. S. Handler, with M. Conner and K. Jacobi), Searching for a Slave Cemetery in Barbados, West Indies. A Bioarchaeological and Ethnohistorical Investigation. Chapters 1-5, Chapters 6-7, Chapter 8 and Appendix. Southern Illinois University: Center for Archaeological Investigations, Research … Continue reading

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