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The Historical Archaeology Journal, published by the Society for Historical Archaeology, issued the following symposia on subjects in African American archaeology. You can also search this journal online for more recent articles.

In the Realm of Politics: Prospects for Public Participation in African-American and Plantation Archaeology, Vol. 31, No. 3, Fall, 1997

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  • Introduction, by Carol McDavid

  • Introduction, by David W. Babson

  • The Search for My African-American Ancestry, by John Baker, Jr.

  • Pre-Emancipation Archaeology: Does It Play in Selma, Alabama? by Linda Derry

  • Toward "True Acts of Inclusion": The "Here" and the "Out There" Concepts in Public Archaeology, by Ywone Edwards-Ingram

  • "Power to the People": Sociopolitics and the Archaeology of Black Americans, by Maria Franklin

  • Necessary but Insufficient: Archaeology Reports and Community Action, by James G. Gibb

  • "Leveling the Playing Field" in the Contested Territory of the South African Past: A "Public" versus a "People's" Form of Historical Archaeology Outreach, by Patrice L. Jeppson

  • Seizing Intellectual Power: The Dialogue at the New York African Burial Ground, by Cheryl J. LaRoche and Michale L. Blakey

  • Where Do We Go from Here? Researching and Interpreting the African-American Experience, by Christy S. Matthews

  • Descendants, Decisions, and Power: The Public Interpretation of the Archaeology of the Levi Jordan Plantation, by Carol McDavid

  • Cheers of Protest? The Public, the Post, and the Parable of Learning, by M. Drake Patten

  • Commentary: Past Is Present: Comments on "In the Realm of Politics: Prospects for Public Participation in African-American and Plantation Archaeology," by Michael L. Blakey

  • Commentary: Facing the Challenges of a Public African-American Archaeology, by Theresa A. Singleton

Creolization, Vol. 34, No. 3, Fall 2000

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  • Preface, by Shanon Lee Dawdy

  • Introduction, by Leland Ferguson

  • Culture Bought: Evidence of Creolization in the Consumer Goods of an Enslaved Bahamian Family, by Lauire A. Wilkie

  • Creolization and Late Nineteen Century Metis Vernacular Log Architecture on the South Saskatchewan River, by David Burley

  • From Colonist to Creole: Archaeological Patterns of Spanish Colonization in the New World, by Charles R. Ewen

  • Creolization and the Borderlands, by James G. Cusick

  • The Material and Cognitive Dimensions of Creolization in Nineteenth-Century Jamaica, by James A. Delle

  • Representing Colonizers: An Archaeology of Creolization, Ethnogenesis, and Indigenous Material Culture among the Haida, by Paul R. Mullins and Robert Paynter

  • The Intersection of Colonial Policy and Colonial Practice: Creolization on the Eighteen-Century Louisiana/Texas Frontier, by Diana DiPaolo Loren

  • Creolization and the Archaeology of Multiethnic Households in the American South, by Mark D. Groover

  • Understanding Cultural Change Through the Vernacular: Creolization in Louisiana, by Shannon Lee Dawdy

  • Discussion: Creolization, Complexity, and Time, by Grey Gundaker

Memory, Race Conflict, and Landscapes, Vol. 37, No. 3, Fall 2003

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  • Conflict and the Interpretation of Palmares, a Brazilian Runaway Polity, by Pedro Paulo A. Funari

  • The Hector Backbone: A Quiescent Landscape of Conflict, by James A. Delle and Patrick Heaton

  • Integrating Segregated Urban Landscapes of the Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Centuries, by Eric L. Larsen

  • Reinterpreting Manassas: The Nineteenth-Century African American Community at Manassas National Battlefield Park, by Matthew B. Reeves

  • Heyward Shepherd: The Faithful Slave Memorial, by Paul A. Shackel

Transcending Boundaries, Transforming the Discipline: African Diaspora Archaeologies in the New Millenium, edited by Maria Franklin and Larry McKee, Vol. 38, No. 1, Spring 2004

Articles: [View Abstracts]
  • African Diaspora Archaeologies: Present Insights and Expanding Discourses, by Maria Franklin and Larry McKee

  • The New York African Burial Ground Project: Past Biases, Current Dilemmas, and Future Research Opportunities, by Mark E. Mack and Michael L. Blakey

  • Resistance and Compliance: CRM and the Archaeology of the African Diaspora, by J. W. Joseph

  • Archaeology of the African Diaspora in Latin America, by Terrance Weik

  • Making History in Banda: Reflections on the Construction of Africa’s Past, by Ann Stahl

  • The Beginning and Future of African American Archaeology in Mississippi, by Amy L. Young

  • Ethnographic Analogy, Archaeology, and the African Diaspora: Perspectives from a Tenant Community, by Kenneth L. Brown

  • Race, the National Register, and Cultural Resource Management: Creating an Historic Context for Postbellum Sites, by Kerri S. Barile

  • Critical Race Theory and the Archaeology of the African Diaspora, by Terrance W. Epperson

  • Commentary: Considering the Future of African American Archaeology, by Laurie A. Wilkie

Forum: Excavating America's Metaphor, Vol. 42, No. 2, Spring 2008

Articles: [View Abstracts]
  • Excavating America's Metaphor: Race, Diaspora, and Vindicationist Archaeologies, by Paul R. Mullins

  • Excavating African American Heritage: Towards a More Nuanced Understanding of the African Diaspora, by Douglas V. Armstrong

  • On the Politics and Possibilities for Operationalizing Vindicationist Historical Archaeologies, by Alison Bell

  • Disparate Diasporas and Vindicationist Archaeologies: Some Comments on Excavating America's Metaphor, by Jamie C. Brandon

  • Excavating the Present, Vindicating the Dead, by Shannon Lee Dawdy

  • The Politics of a Global Archaeology of Race and the Color Line: Response to Armstring, Bell, Brandon, and Dawdy, by Paul R. Mullins

Other Articles

The Historical Archaeology Journal also published the following individual articles on subjects in African American archaeology (listed by author, in alphabetical order).
  • Adams, William H., and Sarah J. Boling
    1989 Status and Ceramics for Planters and Slaves on Three Georgia Coastal Plantations. Vol. 23(1): 69-96.

  • Ascher, Robert and Charles H. Fairbanks
    1971 Excavation of a Slave Cabin: Georgia U. S. A . - 1834-1865. Vol. 5: 3-17.

  • Babson, David W.
    1990 The Archaeology of Racism and Ethnicity on Southern Plantations. Vol. 24(4): 20-28.

  • Brown, Kenneth L., and Doreen C. Cooper
    1990 Structural Continuity in an African-American Slave and Tenant Community. Vol. 24(4): 7-19.

  • Cabak, Melanie A., Mark D. Groover, and Scott J. Wagers
    1995 Health Care and the Wayman A. M. E. Church. Vol. 29(2): 55-76.

  • Cheek, Charles D., and Amy Frielander
    1990 Pottery and Pig's Feet: Space, Ethnicity, and Neighborhood in Washington, D.C., 1880-1940. Vol. 24(1): 34-60.

  • Crass, David C.
    1988 The Clay Pipes from Green Spring Plantation (44JC9), Virginia. Vol. 22(1): 83-97.

  • Davidson, James M.
    2004 Rituals Captured in Context and Time: Charm Use in North Dallas Freedman's Town (1869-1907), Dallas, Texas. Vol. 38(2): 22-54.

  • De Cunzo, Lu Ann
    1998 A Future after Freedom. In "Archaeologists as Storytellers," edited by Adrian Praetzellis and Mary Praetzellis. Vol. 32(1): 42-54.

  • Delle, James A., and Jason Shellenhamer
    2008 Archaeology at the Parvin Homestead: Searching for the Material Legacy of the Underground Railroad. Vol. 42(2): 38-62.

  • Epperson, Terrence W.
    1990 Race and the Disciplines of the Plantation. Vol. 24(4): 29-36.

  • Fairbanks, Charles H.
    1984 The Plantation Archaeology of the Southeastern Coast. Vol. 18(1): 1-14.

  • Farnsworth, Paul, and Jack S. Williams (editors)
    1992 The Archaeology of the Spanish Colonial and Mexican Republican Periods. Vol. 26(1): 1-147.

  • Farnsworth, Paul
    1993 "What Is the Use of Plantation Archaeology?" No Use at All, If No One Else Is Listening! Vol. 27(1): 114-16.

  • Farnsworth, Paul
    1996 The Influence of Trade on Bahamian Slave Culture. Vol. 30(4): 1-23.

  • Fitts, Robert K.
    1996 The Landscapes of Northern Bondage. Vol. 30(2): 54-73.

  • Fremmer, Ray
    1973 Dishes in Colonial Graves: Evidence from Jamaica - 18th century. Vol. 7: 58-62.

  • Frielander, Amy
    1990 Beyond Regionalism: History, Archaeology, and the Future. Vol. 24(4): 102-09.

  • Funari, Pedro Paulo A.
    2003 Conflict and the Interpretation of Palmares, a Brazilian Runaway Polity. Vol. 37(3): 81-92.

  • Garman, James C.
    1994 Viewing the Color Line through the Material Culture of Death. Vol. 28(3): 74-93.

  • Garrison, Ervan
    1996 Archaeogeophysical and Geochemical Studies at George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond, Missouri. Vol. 30(2): 22-40.

  • Goodwin, Conrad
    1994 Betty's Hope Windmill: An Unexpected Problem. Vol. 28(1): 99-110.

  • Handler, Jerome S.
    1994 Determining African Birth from Skeletal Remains: A Note on Tooth Mutilation. Vol. 28(3): 113-19.

  • Handler, Jerome S.
    1996 A Prone Burial from a Plantation Slave Cemetery in Barbados, West Indies: Possible Evidence for an African-Type Witch or Other Negatively Viewed Person. Vol. 30(3): 76-86.

  • Heath, Barbara J., and Amber Bennett
    2000 "The Little Spots Allow'd Them": The Archaeological Study of African-American Yards. Vol. 34(2): 38-55.

  • Howson, Jean E.
    1990 Social Relations and Material Culture: A Critique of the Archaeology of Plantation Slavery. Vol. 24(4): 78-91.

  • James, Stephen R., Jr.
    1988 A Reassessment of the Chronological and Typological Framework of the Spanish Olive Jar. Vol. 22(1): 43-66.

  • Jamieson, Ross W.
    1995 Material Culture and Social Death: African-American Burial Practices. Vol. 29(4): 39-58.

  • Joseph, J. W.
    1989 Pattern and Process in the Plantation Archaeology of the Lowcountry of Georgia and South Carolina. Vol. 23(1): 55-68.

  • Joseph, J. W., and Stephen C. Brine
    1992 Socio-Economics and Trade in Viejo San Juan, Puerto Rico: Observations from the Balla Archaeological Project. Vol. 26(1): 45-58.

  • Joseph, J. W.
    1993 White Columns and Black Hands: Class and Classification in the Plantation Ideology of the Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry. Vol. 27(3): 57-73.

  • Kimmel, Richard H.
    1993 Notes on the Cultural Origins and Functions of Sub-Floor Pits. Vol. 27(3): 102-13.

  • Klingelhofer, Eric
    1987 Aspects of Early Afro-American Material Culture: Artifacts from the Slave Quarters at Garrison Plantation, Maryland. Vol. 21(2): 112-19.

  • Markell, Ann, Martin Hall, and Carmel Schrire
    1995 The Historical Archaeology of Vergelegen, an Early Farmstead at the Cape of Good Hope. Vol. 29(1): 10-34.

  • McCarthy, John P., Jeffrey B. Snyder, and Billy R. Roulette, Jr.
    1991 Arms from Addison Plantation and the Maryland Militia on the Potomac Frontier. Vol. 25(1): 66-79.

  • McEwan, Bonnie G.
    1991 The Archaeology of Women in the Spanish New World. Vol. 25(4): 33-41.

  • Mullins, Paul R.
    1999 Race and the Genteel Consumer: Class and African-American Consumption, 1850-1930. Vol. 33(1): 22-38.

  • Orser, Charles E., Jr.
    1989 On Plantations and Patterns. Vol. 23(2): 28-40.

  • Orser, Charles E., Jr.
    1992 Beneath the Material Surface of Things: Commodities, Artifacts, and Slave Plantations. Vol. 26(3): 95-104.

  • Orser, Charles E., Jr.
    1994 Toward a Global Historical Archaeology: An Example from Brazil. Vol. 28(1): 5-22.

  • Pogue, Dennis J.
    1988 Spatial Analysis of the King's Reach Plantation Homelot, Ca. 1690-1715. Vol. 22(2): 40-56.

  • Posnansky, Merrick and Christopher R. Decorse
    1986 Historical Archaeology in Sub-Saharan Africa - A Review. Vol. 20(1): 1-14.

  • Potter, Parker B., Jr.
    1991 What Is the Use of Plantation Archaeology? Vol. 25(3): 94-107.

  • Reitz, Elizabeth J.
    1992 The Spanish Colonial Experience and Domestic Animals. Vol. 26(1): 84-91.

  • Reitz, Elizabeth J.
    1994 Zooarchaeological Analysis of a Free African Community: Gracis Real De Santa Teresa De Mose. Vol. 28(1): 23-40.

  • Russell, Aaron E.
    1997 Material Culture and African-American Spirituality at the Hermitage. Vol. 31(2): 63-80.

  • Shackel, Paul A.
    1995 Terrible Saint: Changing Meanings of the John Brown Fort. Vol. 29(4): 11-25.

  • Simmons, Joe J., III
    1992 Replicating Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Ordnance. Vol. 26(4): 14-20.

  • Singleton, Theresa A.
    1990 The Archaeology of the Plantation South: A Review of Approaches and Goals. Vol. 24(4): 70-77.

  • Stine, Linda F.
    1990 Social Inequality and Turn-of-the-Century Farmsteads; Issues of Class, Status, Ethnicity, and Race. Vol. 24(4): 37-49.

  • Stine, Linda F., Melanie A. Cabak, and Mark D. Groover
    1996 Blue Beads As African-American Cultural Symbols. Vol. 30(3): 49-74.

  • Vernon, Richard
    1988 17th Century Apalachee Colono-Ware As a Reflection of Demography, Economics, and Acculturation. Vol. 22(1): 76-82.

  • Watters, David R.
    1994 Mortuary Patterns of the Harney Site Slave Cemetery, Montserrat, in Caribbean Perspective. Vol. 28(3): 56-73.

  • Weik, Terrance
    1997 The Archaeology of Maroon Societies in the Americas: Resistance, Cultural Continuity, and Transformation in the African Diaspora. Vol. 31(2): 81-92.

  • Wilkie, Laurie A.
    1996 Glass-Knapping at a Louisiana Plantation: African-American Tools? Vol. 30(4): 37-49.
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