The Archaeology of Enslaved Children in Antebellum America

  • 02 Mar 2021
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom (must register to receive log in information)


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YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/guVtL2Ag29o

SpeakerSamantha J. Lee, PhD Candidate at University of Maryland, College Park

Date: Tuesday, 02 March 2021

Location:  Online meeting via Zoom
Time: 7:00 pm

About the talks:

The Archaeology of Enslaved Children in Antebellum America

This presentation will focus on the speaker’s dissertation project, which will constitute the first comprehensive archaeological study of the lives and experiences of enslaved children in the antebellum United States. By 1860, the enslaved population in the United States numbered around four million people, with more than two-fifths of the enslaved population under the age of fifteen and one-third younger than age ten. Despite the fact that children made up such a large part of the enslaved population, there has been a lack of research regarding them. This dissertation project utilizes a combination of archival research, oral histories and individually published narratives, as well as an archaeological artifact analysis component to provide innovative and necessary ways to understand how children experienced enslavement and may be represented archaeologically.


About the speaker:

Samantha J. Lee is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park. She graduated from The George Washington University in 2016 with a B.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology and Archaeology and received her Master’s in Applied Anthropology from UMD in 2019. She is an historical archaeologist, and her doctoral research focuses on the experiences of enslaved children in the antebellum United States, and how their lives and contributions may be represented in the archaeological record. Her previous experience includes excavations at Shuter’s Hill, a plantation complex in Alexandria, Virginia; mortuary rescue excavations at a multiperiod burial site in Drawsko, Poland; and co-running the Archaeology on the Hill field school in Easton, Maryland.

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