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08 November 2007

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database, from Emory U.

Acc. to a blurb;
"Over 34,000 individual slaving expeditions between 1527 and 1866 that have been identified and verified to have actually occurred make up the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database. Records of the voyages have been found in multiple archival sources which are listed in a variable in the dataset.
These records provide details about vessels, enslaved peoples, slave traders and owners, and trading routes.

The database enables users to search for information about a particular voyage or group of voyages and it provides full interactive capability to analyze the data and report results in the form of statistical tables, graphs, maps, or on a timeline."

However, in Nov 2007 the system was far from being completed. The site was created in June 2006 by the Emory University Libraries, Atlanta, GA.

[...] The grants include $324,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and $25,000 from Harvard University's W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African and African American Research. The expansion of the current database is based on the seminal 1999 work The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, a CD-ROM that includes more than 27,000 slave trade voyages and has been popular with scholars and genealogists alike.

"We're trying to do for African Americans what's been done for Euro-Americans already," says David Eltis, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of History at Emory and one of the scholars who published The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Eltis and Martin Halbert, director of digital programs and systems for Emory's Libraries, are directing the project.

In addition to increasing the number of slave trade voyages from the original work by nearly 30 percent, the grant will allow the addition of new information to more than one-third of the voyages already included in the 1999 CD-ROM. The expanded database making its debut on the Internet will include auxiliary materials such as maps, ship logs, and manifests. [...]


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01 November 2007

Arabian and Levantine Desert Trade Routes

Wiseman, James and Farouk El-Baz (Eds). 2007. Southern Arabian Desert Trade Routes, Frankincense, Myrrh, and the Ubar Legend
Book Series: Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology
ISSN: 1568-2722
Book: Remote Sensing in Archaeology
Publisher: Springer New York


Oxford Journal of Archaeology 13 (2), 121–147.
doi:10.1111/j.1468-0092.1994.tb00035.x Abstract

Summary. The camel-borne incense trade, from Arabia to the Levant, was an important element in the economy of the eastern Mediterranean region in the first millennium BC. This paper suggests that its origins can be traced back to the Late Bronze Age, and that the junction of overland and maritime routes explains the wealth of coastal sites such as Tel Nami, Israel. The occurrence there of Collared Rim Jars in contexts dating to the thirteenth century BC suggests that the form began as a transport container, capable of being carried on board ship or on land by camels.

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