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African Diaspora Archaeology Network and Newsletter
Organization: African Diaspora Archaeology Network and Newsletter
Region: Africa
Era: : 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century
Cultures associated: : African, African Diaspora
Topics associated: : Agriculture, Battlefield, Commerce, Domestic, Industrial, Logging/Lumbering, Mining, Political, Plantation, Religious, Rural, Urban
Comments: The African Diaspora Archaeology Network and Newsletter provide focal points for archaeological studies of African diasporas, with news, current research, information and links to other web resources related to the archaeology and history of descendants of African peoples. Through this engagement with African diasporas, the ADAN seeks to connect an intellectual community that considers the historical processes of racialization, gender, power, and culture operating within and upon African descendant communities.
African-American Archaeology, History and Cultures
Organization: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Region: North America
Era: : 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century
Cultures associated: : African Diaspora
Topics associated: : Agriculture, Battlefield, Commerce, Domestic, Industrial, Logging/Lumbering, Mining, Political, Plantation, Religious, Rural, Urban, Work Camp
Comments: This web site is designed to provide convenient access to online presentations and resources concerning the subjects of African-American archaeology, history and cultures, and broader subjects of African diaspora archaeology. The principal focus is on providing links to online presentations concerning African-American archaeology projects. Additional links to online resources and presentations concerning African-American history and culture, African archaeology, African history and cultures, African heritage in Britain, and the subjects of slavery, resistance and abolition are also provided.
Archaeology of the Free African American Community of Springfield
Organization: Archaeology of the Free African American Community of Springfield
Region: Africa
Website's Intended Audience: : lay public
Era: : 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century
Terrestrial: : 1
Cultures associated: : African, African Diaspora
Topics associated: : Commerce, Domestic, Political, Religious, Urban
Archaeology Expert
Organization: Archaeology Expert
Era: : Varied
Topics associated: : Agriculture, Battlefield, Commerce, Industrial, Leisure, Logging/Lumbering, Mining, Political, Plantation, Religious, Rural, Urban, Work Camp
Comments: Archaeology Expert was developed to offer information to anybody who is interested in learning more about archaeology. It covers a wide range of topics, from basic understanding of archaeological concepts to interesting archaeological finds and much more...
Archaeology of Graveyards
Organization: University of Liverpool, UK
Website's Intended Audience: : all
Era: : 15th Century, 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, Contact Period
Terrestrial: : 1
Cultures associated: : European, European American
Topics associated: : Domestic, Religious, Graveyards
Comments: The site presents information about graveyard recording projects, mainly in the Britsih Isles and Ireland but with studies of the global Ulster Scots diaspora. More data will be added (as web pages and downloadable pdf files) as the project progresses.
Asian American Comparative Collection
Organization: Asian American Comparative Collection
Region: Africa
Website's Intended Audience: : lay public
Era: : 19th Century, 20th Century
Cultures associated: : Asian, Asian American, European American
Topics associated: : Domestic, Leisure, Mining, Political, Rural
Comments: The AACC, is a clearinghouse for all information regarding the Chinese and Japanese heritage of the United States with special emphasis on the Northwest including Idah, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Website contains photographs, stories, artifact illustrations and photos, links to other related sites, and much more. In addition, you can purchase publications not found anywhere else on the Chinese and Japanese in America and beyond.
Centre for Maritime Archaeology, University of Ulster, Coleraine
Organization: Centre for Maritime Archaeology, University of Ulster, Coleraine
Era: : 15th Century, 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, Prehistoric
Cultures associated: : African, European
Topics associated: : Agriculture, Commerce, Domestic, Industrial, Plantation, Religious, Rural, Urban
Chinese In Montana
Organization: Chinese in Montana
Era: : 19th Century, 20th Century
Cultures associated: : Asian American
Topics associated: : Industrial, Leisure, Mining, Rural, Urban
Comments: Over the course of the next few years, Chris Merritt, University of Montana Ph.D. Student will begin to accumulate a database of Chinese archaeological and historical sites across the state of Montana. Merritts dissertation will focus on documenting the Chinese experience of Montana through both history and archaeology. Many Montanans do not know the scale of influence that the Chinese had on shaping Montana history, and this project is first systematic attempt to document this heritage. Working in partnership with the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, the United States Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and numerous private land owners, Merritt will travel the state and record sites and stories relating to the Chinese in Montana.
Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory
Organization: Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory (CHAT)
Website's Intended Audience: : all
Era: : 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, Contact Period
Terrestrial: : 1
Underwater: : 1
Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Project
Organization: Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Project
Region: United States
Website's Intended Audience: : all
Era: : 17th Century, 18th Century
Terrestrial: : 1
Cultures associated: : European, European American, Native American
Topics associated: : Commerce, Domestic, Religious
Comments: Fort St. Joseph was established as a French Jesuit mission in the 1680s. In the first half of the eighteenth century the fort also began to take on roles as a garrison and trading post. Its strategic location along the St. Joseph river near Lake Michigan made it an excellent location for trade between the French and Native Americans, specifically the Potowatomi and Miami. The fort came under British control in 1761, during the French and Indian War. This occupation was short-lived as the British were forced out of the area during Pontiac's Rebellion in 1763. The fort was only briefly re-occupied by the British in 1779, though French traders remained in the area until approximately 1780. In 1781 a small group of French and Native Americans supported by the Spanish governor of St. Louis raided the fort and claimed it for Spain, but the group only remained at the site for a day. After this incident the fort was largely abandoned. Today the Fort St. Joseph Project is a joint initiative of the City of Niles, MI, and Western Michigan University with goals to excavate, interpret, and preserve the materials remains of the fort. The project is dedicated to archaeological research, education, community service learning, and intensive public outreach. The principal investigator of the site is Dr. Michael Nassaney.
Historical Archaeology in Harpers Ferry and Loudoun Valley
Organization: Historical Archaeology in Harpers Ferry and Loudoun Valley
Website's Intended Audience: : all
Era: : 18th Century, 19th Century
Cultures associated: : African Diaspora, European American
Topics associated: : Agriculture, Commerce, Domestic, Industrial, Political, Plantation, Religious, Rural, Urban
Comments: Archaeological and historical research concerning 18th and 19th century sites in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, and nearby Loudoun Valley, Virginia, as well as the broader region of the upper Potomac and northern Shenandoah Valleys.
Historical Archaeology Resources and Bibliography
Organization: Historical Archaeology Resources and Bibliography
Era: : 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century
Cultures associated: : African Diaspora, Asian American, European American, Native American
Topics associated: : Agriculture, Battlefield, Commerce, Domestic, Industrial, Logging/Lumbering, Mining, Political, Plantation, Religious, Rural, Urban
Comments: Historical archaeology resource links, bibliography and course plan.
Historical Archaeology- Florida Museum of Natural History
Organization: Historical Archaeology Digital Ceramic type Collection
Region: North America
Era: : 15th Century, 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century
Cultures associated: : Asian, European, European American
Topics associated: : Ceramic Typology
Comments: The Florida Museum of Natural History's on-line type collections of historic period archaeological ceramics (1492-1850) is a fully searchable digital resource.
Historical Landscapes of New Philadelphia
Organization: Historical Landscapes of New Philadelphia
Era: : 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century
Cultures associated: : African Diaspora, European American
Topics associated: : Agriculture, Commerce, Domestic, Industrial, Political, Religious, Rural
Comments: This site presents information available from archaeological investigations, maps, surveys, deeds, census data, tax records, and newspaper archives concerning the town New Philadelphia, Illinois, which was the first town in the United States planned and legally founded by an African American. A collaborative project of archaeologists, historians, and members of the local and descendant communities is underway to further research the social history of this demographically integrated town and to enhance its focus in our national memory and heritage.
Joint Courts Complex Archaeological Data Recovery Project
Organization: Pima County, Arizona, and Statistical Research, Inc.
Era: : 19th Century, 20th Century, Prehistoric
Cultures associated: : European American, Mesoamerican, Native American, Hispanic
Topics associated: : Commerce, Domestic, Political, Religious, Urban, Mortuary
Comments: The Joint Courts Complex website provides information about an ongoing archaeological data recovery project in downtown Tucson, Arizona. The project is being conducted for Pima County, Arizona, by Statistical Research, Inc., in advance of the construction of a joint City of Tucson/Pima County courts building. In addition to some prehistoric remains and foundations, privies, and trash deposits from late nineteenth and early twentieth century domestic and commercial use of the project area, the site includes most of the land that was used as Tucson's National Cemetery from the 1860s to the 1880s. This was the first cemetery established in Tucson after southern Arizona became a part of the United States. It consisted of a small military section from which most of the burials were removed in 1884, and a larger civilian cemetery used by the primarily Hispanic population of Tucson. It is estimated that between 1120 and 1150 individuals were buried in the cemetery. Pima County has two goals for the project: 1) the respectful removal and reburial of all human remains within the project area, and 2)the development of an important contribution to our understanding of Tucson's transformation from Native American village to modern, multicultural city. The website, which is updated monthly, includes copies of the background reports for the project, progress reports, photos, and maps.
KL Stutthof Museum
Organization: The KL Stutthof Archaeological Resources Protection and Preservation Program
Website's Intended Audience: : all
Era: : 20th Century
Terrestrial: : 1
Topics associated: : Concentration Camp
Comments: The KL Stutthof Archaeological Resources Protection and Preservation Program is formed to reconstruct the past in the absence of written records and prevent archaeological site destruction caused by activities associated with natural forces, deliberate vandalism or looting, and through inadvertent and unintentional damage caused by site visitation.
Landscape Archaeology Resources and Bibliography
Organization: Landscape Archaeology Resources and Bibliography
Website's Intended Audience: : lay public
Era: : 15th Century, 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, Prehistoric, Protohistoric, Contact Period
Terrestrial: : 1
Topics associated: : Agriculture, Battlefield, Commerce, Domestic, Industrial, Leisure, Logging/Lumbering, Mining, Political, Plantation, Religious, Rural, Urban, Work Camp
Comments: Landscape archaeology and analysis resource links, bibliography and course plan.
Levi Jordan Plantation
Organization: Levi Jordan Plantation
Era: : 19th Century, 20th Century
Cultures associated: : African, African Diaspora, European American
Topics associated: : Agriculture, Commerce, Leisure, Plantation, Rural
Plymouth Colony Archive Project
Organization: Plymouth Colony Archive Project
Era: : 16th Century, 17th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century
Cultures associated: : African Diaspora, European American
Topics associated: : Agriculture, Commerce, Domestic, Industrial, Leisure, Logging/Lumbering, Political, Religious, Rural, Urban
Comments: This Plymouth Colony Archive presents a collection of fully searchable texts, including: court records, colony laws, seventeenth century journals and memoirs, probate inventories, wills, town plans, maps, and fort plans; research and seminar analyses of numerous topics; biographical profiles of selected colonists; and architectural, archaeological and material culture studies. Among other works, published here for the first time are a "Glossary and Notes on Plymouth Colony," "Seventeenth Century Timber Framing," and "Vernacular House Forms in Seventeenth Century Plymouth Colony: An Analysis of Evidence from the Plymouth Colony Room-by-Room Probate Inventories 1633-1685," by Patricia Scott Deetz and James Deetz. We also present studies focusing on broader regional and temporal scales, including Jim Deetz's analysis of changes over time in Anglo-American gravestone styles in New England, and discussion of the Parting Ways site and archaeological evidence found there of architectural forms and mortuary practices consistent with elements of African-American heritage. In addition, we present a number of tributes concerning the works of Prof. Deetz (1930-2000) in historical archaeology.
Pottery Communities of Edgefield, South Carolina
Organization: Pottery Communities of Edgefield, South Carolina Pottery Communities
Region: North America
Website's Intended Audience: : lay public
Era: : 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century
Terrestrial: : 1
Cultures associated: : African Diaspora, European American
Topics associated: : Commerce, Domestic, Industrial, Plantation, Rural
Comments: The first innovation and development of alkaline-glazed stoneware pottery in America occurred in the Edgefield District of South Carolina in the early 1800s. It remains an enduring mystery as to how these new ceramic methods were developed in that place and time, and how the techniques of clay choice, temper, and glaze developed over the following century. These potteries employed enslaved and free African-American laborers in the 19th century, and the stoneware forms also show evidence of likely African cultural influence on stylistic designs. Edgefield potteries thus present fascinating research questions of understanding technological innovations and investigating the impacts of African cultural knowledge and racial ideologies on a craft specialization during the historic period in America. This project entails an interdisciplinary, collaborative, and archaeological study of the first development in America of alkaline-glazed stoneware pottery forms, the development of that South Carolina industry over time, and the impacts of racism and African cultural influences on those processes.