Slave Wrecks Project

Stephen Lubkemann excavating a sunken Portuguese slave ship.

The Slave Wrecks Project (SWP), based at GW, is a long-term collaboration between six institutions which combines research, training and education to advance the study of the global slave trade, particularly through the lens of slave shipwrecks. Prof. Stephen Lubkemann is the International Coordinator.

The Smithsonian’s recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture exhibits relics from the São José, a slave ship being excavated in South Africa by the SWP.

Besides the Smithsonian and GW, core SWP partners are Iziko Museums of South Africa, the South African Heritage Resource Agency, the U.S. National Park Service, Diving With a Purpose, and the African Centre for Heritage Activities.

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The Department of Anthropology

The Anthropology Department at The George Washington University is committed to integrating humanistic and scientific perspectives while pursuing advanced research of the highest quality. A degree in anthropology from GW signals that the holder can synthesize diverse data about human beings, a skill increasingly valued in a variety of professions and academic settings.

The study of human difference and diversity—and its connections to the sciences, history, language, the arts, and global issues—is a four-field endeavor at GW, meaning that our department unites faculty across

We believe that:

  • Research should be rigorous and creative
  • Our research should be connected to our teaching
  • Our students deserve outstanding training in the "four fields" — archaeology, biological anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology

In order to provide outstanding classroom and practice-based training in the "four fields", we encourage:

  • Team-teaching
  • Experimentation with new teaching methods and technologies
  • Professional collaboration within and beyond the University
  • The kind of vibrant intellectual community that stands at the heart of any great research institution

Last but not least, we seek to place our knowledge at the service of local, national and international communities to support humanistic values and human rights.

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Police Encounters in Gaza

Prof. Ilana Feldman's latest book examines security in Egyptian-administered Gaza, 1948-1967.

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