Objects of Slavery and Freedom in the New York State Museum’s Historical Archaeology Collection

12:10–12:40 pm
Huxley Theater

This talk will focus on cowrie shells and bilboes in the historical archaeology collections. Curator of Historical Archaeology Dr. Michael Lucas will use these examples to discuss their general role in the transatlantic slave trade and will then look at how these objects were also used or re-interpreted as symbols of liberation and freedom.

This program includes a 20-minute talk followed by brief Q&A. Participants are welcomed to bring their lunches.