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June 2006 Newsletter

On Interpreting Slave Status from Archaeological Remains

By Jerome S. Handler and Frederick W. Lange


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Figure 1. Handler & Lange study published in 1978.

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Figure 2. Excavations at Newton Plantation Cemetery, early 1970s.

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Figure 3. Burial, Newton Cemetery. Coffin handles are visible by the skull, right arm, and lower legs.

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Figure 4. Burial, Newton Cemetery. Among the artifacts found with this burial are the copper bracelets, visible on both arms. Neither the skeletal remains in Figures 3 and 4 nor their accompanying artifacts visually or analytically demonstrate slave status.

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