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Drawing of an African Burial Ground Grave In Situ

In 1991, workers constructing a new federal government building in lower Manhattan unearthed human remains. Maps from the colonial period showed a "Negro burial ground" on the site, then located outside of the city. An archaeologic study was conducted which would unearth over 400 graves, a small sample of the estimated thousands of people buried there. Researchers examined the graves using a range of methods: carbon dating of skeletal remains; soil samples; drawings and photos in situ (in the original or existing position); coffin analysis; and collection and dating of physical remains (shells, buttons nails, cloth), all to determine age, gender, morbidity, and origin. Afterwards, the remains were reinterred at the site and a National Monument was established there.

Source | Warren R. Perry, Jean Howson, and Barbara A. Bianco, eds., New York African Burial Ground Archaeology Final Report, Volume 3 (Howard University, February 2006); from The African Burial Ground, http://www.africanburialground.gov/ABG_FinalReports.htm.
Creator | M. Schur
Item Type | Government Document
Cite This document | M. Schur, “Drawing of an African Burial Ground Grave In Situ,” HERB: Resources for Teachers, accessed July 9, 2020, https://herb.ashp.cuny.edu/items/show/1227.

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