The 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2013)

Achieving Synthesis: New York’s African Burial Ground and the Influences of George J. Armelagos


1Institute for Historical Biology, Department of Anthropology, College of William and Mary, 2Department of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma

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The African Burial Ground of New York City is the most prominent bioarchaeological project at the turn of the 21st century. An 18th century cemetery for approximately 15,000 enslaved Africans, 419 human remains underwent comprehensive recordation and were interpreted within the context of archaeological and historical studies guided by research questions derived from the descendant, African American, community. The theoretical approaches included the biocultural synthesis taught by Armelagos and many of his former graduate students participated in the study. This approach was well suited to a synthesis with both the critical and activist approaches traditionally employed by African diasporic social intellectuals and political economists, setting the epistemological and ethical framework of the study. This poster examines the process and results of research.

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