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Theresa A. Singleton (born April 15, 1952) is an archaeologist and writer who focuses on the archaeology of African Americans and slavery in the United States. Singleton has been involved in the excavation of slave residences in the southern United States.[1] She is currently a professor of anthropology at Syracuse University.



Singleton became the first African American woman to earn a doctorate in historical archaeology and African American history and culture in 1980 from the University of Florida.[2] In 1991, she was working as an associate curator of historical archaeology for the Smithsonian Institution.[3] Singleton and Elizabeth Scott created the Gender and Minority Affairs Committee in the Society for Historical Archaeology.[4] In 2014, she was awarded the J.C. Harrington Award, and became the first African American to earn the award.[5]


The Journal of American History called The Archaeology of Slavery and Plantation Life (1985), edited by Singleton, "a notably coherent group of papers that allow historians to look in new and stimulating directions to analyze the past."[6] Singleton also edited I, Too, Am American: Archaeological Studies of African American Life (1999) which tells "the story of anonymous black Americans, forgotten in written records."[7]

Bibliography (selected)Edit

  • The Archaeology of Slavery and Plantation Life. Orlando, FL: Academic Press. 1985. ISBN 9780126464801.(editor)
  • Singleton, Theresa A. (1990). "The Archaeology of the Plantation South: A Review of Approaches and Goals". Historical Archaeology. 24 (4): 70–77. doi:10.1007/BF03373498. JSTOR 25616051.
  • The Archaeology of the African Diaspora in the Americas. Ann Arbor, MI: Society for Historical Archaeology. 1995. ISBN 9781886818002.
  • Singleton, Theresa A. (1997). "Facing the Challenges of a Public African-American Archaeology". Historical Archaeology. 31 (3): 146–152. doi:10.1007/BF03374238. JSTOR 25616556.
  • 'I, Too, Am America': Archaeological Studies of African American Life. Charlottesville: University of Press of Virginia. 1999. ISBN 9780813918426. (editor)
  • Singleton, Theresa (1999-04-01). "The Slave Trade Remembered on the Former Gold and Slave Coasts". Slavery & Abolition. 20 (1): 150–169. doi:10.1080/01440399908575273. ISSN 0144-039X.
  • Slavery Behind the Wall: An Archaeology of a Cuban Coffee Plantation. with Paul A. Shackel. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. 2015. ISBN 9780813060729.CS1 maint: others (link)


  1. ^ "Archaeology Lecture Set March 31". Indiana Gazette. 19 June 1987. Retrieved 11 October 2016 – via
  2. ^ Riley, Ricky (9 July 2015). "6 Black Archaeologists and Anthropologists You Should Know About". Blerds. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  3. ^ Seaberry, Jane (September 28, 1991). "Ancient Indian Village Found at Mason Neck". The Washington Post. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Establishing the Society of Black Archaeologists". Society for Historical Archaeology. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Theresa Singleton, PhD". Black Science Network. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  6. ^ Stephens, Janette E. (December 1986). "The Archaeology of Slavery and Plantation Life". The Journal of American History. 73 (3): 753–754. doi:10.2307/1903025. JSTOR 1903025. Retrieved 11 October 2016 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)
  7. ^ Fagan, Brian (June 2000). "I, Too, Am American (Book Review)". International Journal of African Historical Studies. 33 (2): 459. doi:10.2307/220718. JSTOR 220718. Retrieved 11 October 2016 – via EBSCOhost. (Subscription required (help)). Cite uses deprecated parameter |subscription= (help)

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