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date: 28 February 2020

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This article suggests that the connections between African peoples and their Diasporic cousins are strong today, and have been for some 400 years. It is not surprising that people forced into unimaginable captivity, transportation, and slavery should draw on items of their common, and individual, heritages as they sought to survive in the African Diaspora. Archaeological research helps in understanding that process. However, the complex social processes of creolisation and ethnogenesis that resulted from adapting to new social, cultural, physical, and psychological environments are reflected in more than just the material remains of the past. As such, the African Diaspora is too complex to be reduced to material remains. Its study necessarily draws on multiple sources of evidence and archaeological studies of the Diasporic experience find their interpretive strength in the way in which they weave together these strands.

Keywords: African Diaspora, archaeological research, ethnogenesis, creolisation, built environment

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