UNC CSI to Host Slave Wrecks Project Archaeology Presentation
The UNC Coastal Studies Institute is hosting a maritime heritage themed lecture entitled “The Slave Wrecks Project”, as part of the ongoing “Science on the Sound” lecture series.
The lecture will be held at 6pm on January 15, at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute campus in Wanchese and will be presented by Jaco Boshoff, Maritime Archaeologist with the Iziko Museums of South Africa.
This presentation is free and the public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Despite the rapid proliferation of historical, anthropological and archaeological studies of various aspects of the global African slave trade, very few archaeological studies of the ships engaged in the slave trade have been conducted to date.
Over 590 vessels engaged in the slave trade have been documented to have been shipwrecked during the four centuries (16th-19th) during which the African slave trade ran its course. Many others whose fate remains unknown undoubtedly became part of the archaeological record as a result of being lost at sea.
Jaco Boshoff of the Iziko Museums of South Africa will discuss his work on the “The Slave Wrecks Project” and the findings of this important archaeological research.