This article examines archaeological studies of the cultural heritage and social dynamics of African descendant populations in the United States and Canada from AD 1400 through 1865. European colonial enterprises expanded in Africa and the Americas during that time span, effecting an accompanying movement of free and captive Africans into North America. Archaeological investigations of early African America are remarkable for the diversity of analytic scales and research questions pursued. This diversity of research efforts has yielded a highly productive, interdisciplinary expansion of knowledge concerning African diaspora histories.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-49
Number of pages49
JournalJournal of Archaeological Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • African-American archaeology
  • Cultural heritage
  • Resistance
  • Slavery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • General Arts and Humanities


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