African American Heritage & Ethnography Africans in the Low Country: Learning Resources Center—Links


Africans in the Chesapeake

  1. Learn More About Jamestown

    • Jamestown Rediscovery Project

      The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, (APVA)a National Park Service partner sponsors the site. Jamestown Rediscovery is investigating the archeological remains of 1607–1698 Jamestown on the APVA property on Jamestown Island, Virginia.

    • National Park Service, Colonial National Historical Park web page. The site offers educational programs to elementary and high school teachers for enhancement of student academic experiences.
    • Jamestown National Historic Site is that part of Colonial National Historical Park that includes Historic Jamestown, site of the First Permanent English Colony in North America.
  2. Learn More About the Archeology of Chesapeake Slavery

    DAACS a community resources web site, was built and is maintained in the Department of Archaeology at Monticello, in collaboration with the research institutions and archaeologists working in the region. Explore the DAACS Website to learn more about enslaved Africans and their descendants, living in the Chesapeake region of Virginia during the Colonial and Ante-Bellum Periods.

  3. Visit the Atkinson Site and other sites of African American Archeology

    Archeology at Atkinson’s Site is a website featuring information about site CG-10, the Atkinson Site near Carter's Grove Plantation. The site is where a 17th-century house complex was owned by middling planter Thomas Atkinson between 1680 and 1710. It includes a small building near the main house that was occupied by African-American slaves. This website presents some of the on-going research associated with this important site, as well as additional material related to the Martin’s Hundred community and the story of African-American life as it is informed by archaeological findings. It includes links to other sites near Williamsburg, Virginia where 17th and 18th century African Americans once lived and worked.

  4. Learn More about Clothing as Signifiers of Social Differences

    • Baumgarten, Linda
      • 1988 “‘Clothes for the People’: Slave Clothing in Early Virginia.” Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts. 14:2 (1988), 26–70.
      • 2003–2004 Colonial Dress Codes, Colonial Williamsburg Journal, Winter 03–04.

    The story of colonial clothing is the story of people who used apparel for more than modesty or protection from the elements. They selected clothing and accessories to announce status, wealth, occupation, and personality, all within the constraining limits of the time and place (Baumgarten 20032004).

  5. Learn More about Transfer of African Iron Technology in the Americas

    Candice Goucher suggests, it helped enslaved Africans maintain a set of African-derived cultural values, provided an ideology of resistance, and resulted in distinctive patterns of land and resource use.