Biennial George McJunkin Lecture: The Archaeology of Slavery

Jan 16, 2019


Dr. Theresa Singleton, professor of anthropology at Syracuse University, will explore what the science of archaeology has revealed about the lives of enslaved peoples, both in the southern United States and the Caribbean.

Archaeologists have conducted studies of plantation slavery for more than a half century. Singleton will discuss the findings uncovered from 18th and 19th century slave settlements that provide information on the living conditions and cultural practices of enslaved peoples. Throughout the Americas, enslaved people experienced a similar fate, but regional distinctions are becoming increasingly apparent.

The biennial George McJunkin Lecture, is named in honor of the former slave, cowboy, and aspiring archaeologist who helped discover the Folsom Site, one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century.