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By Whitney Battle-Baptiste

Black feminist proposal has built in a variety of components of the academy for over 3 many years, yet has made in simple terms minor inroads into archaeological conception and perform. Whitney Battle-Baptiste outlines the fundamental tenets of Black feminist concept and study for archaeologists and indicates how it may be used to enhance modern old archaeology. She demonstrates this utilizing Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, the internet Du Bois Homesite in Massachusetts, and the Lucy Foster apartment in Andover, which represented the 1st archaeological excavation of an African American domestic. Her demand an archaeology extra delicate to questions of race and gender is a crucial improvement for the field.

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All the archaeology was amazing, but sometimes the down times were difficult. I was on a real plantation, and for me the energy was intense. There were times when I would think about the people who labored at the site, who lived, loved and died there as captives. It was really overwhelming at moments; I felt things that were hard to explain to my colleagues. I did not really understand how to process these feelings. There were general conversations about the field 33 Black F eminist A rchaeology of archaeology and the specifics of what we were doing for the summer.

It was not and will never be; it takes real work, real communication and research and thought to grasp and be able to apply this knowledge to the larger archaeological record (Delle 1998, Perry 1998, Perry & Paynter 1999). There was a quick shift in historical archaeology from what was considered Plantation archaeology or African American archaeology to what is now called African Diaspora archaeology. This trend has always made me uneasy, because the terms and perceptions of African Diaspora theory are complex and easily misunderstood or exaggerated.

Interested in grown-up doings. Acting grown up. Being grown up. ’ Responsible. In charge. Serious. (Walker 1983: xi) Also: A woman who loves other women, sexually and/or nonsexually. Appreciates and prefers women’s culture, women’s emotional flexibility (values tears as natural counter-balance of laughter), and women’s strength. Sometimes loves individual men, sexually and/ or nonsexually. Committed to survival and wholeness of entire people, male and female. Not a separatist, except periodically, for health.

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