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Archaeology course unlocks "silent history" of the slave trade in West Africa

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Sky Busk
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« on: November 01, 2009, 04:45:28 am »

"If these sites were work camps, we can get in and see the inner workings of a precolonial slave community in West Africa for the first time," said Monroe. "Slavery existed in Africa before the Europeans, and this kingdom was heavily entrenched in the slave trade. It's terribly exciting." He plans to conduct intensive excavation of the sites next summer, when he expects to enroll 15 students and volunteers in the field program.

"I like training students," he said. "It's good experience for them, and their work contributes to broader research questions."

Monroe is eager for answers to those questions.

"We know a lot from historians and anthropologists," he said. "But archaeology can reveal complex settlement patterns, and when we get answers to those questions, we'll know a lot more about the everyday lives of precolonial Africans."

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