International Journal of Historical Archaeology

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 6-19

First online:

Slave Ships and Maritime Archaeology: An Overview

  • Jane WebsterAffiliated withSchool of Historical Studies, Newcastle University Email author 

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This contribution collates information about wrecked slaving vessels discovered or sought by maritime archaeologists since 1972. To date, only a handful of firmly identified, active slave ships have been subject to excavation, but additional work has been carried out on wrecks of former slaver ships and possible slavers. The impending 200th anniversaries of the abolition of the British and US slave trades (2007 and 2008, respectively) appear to have stimulated a new wave of interest in slaver wrecks, and these new initiatives are also discussed.


Slave ships Excavation Wrecks