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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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October 02nd 2013:New York’s African Burial Ground and the Struggle for Human Rights

In a city that never sleeps, the constant push for progress can sometimes collide head on with the remnants of the past. In 1991, construction on a federal office building was halted when several skeletons were uncovered. The skeletons represented not just a forgotten burial site, but a forgotten history as well. Over two decades, researchers uncovered the remains of more than 400 individuals, of both African and African American descent. The controversy surrounding the discovery, analysis, and interpretation of the burial ground was a hot topic in the press and led to the development of the A

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Dr. Michael L. Blakey

Michael Blakey received a B.A. at Howard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He has held numerous research appointments, both in the U.S. and abroad. He has served as President of the Association of Black Anthropologists, and as founder and curator at the W. Montague Cobb Biological Anthropology Laboratory. Since 2001, Dr. Blakey has held a joint position in the departments of Anthropology and American Studies at the College of William and Mary, where he founded the Institute for Historical Biology. Professor Blakey served as Principal Scientific Director of the New York African Burial Ground Project from 1992 -2004. He is currently a member of th
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