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Today's instagrammer is Elizabeth McCague (Elizabeth McCague)! Elizabeth is a recent graduate of St Mary's College MD, and has a lot of experience at different archaeology sites throughout Maryland! Follow along for tweets from her unit searchingn for the East Smokehouse! #digmontpelier #archaeology #pubarch #SouthYard
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This is the process of screening artifacts #DigMontpelier. Basically what happens is a bucket of dirt, usually around 3 gallons, is dumped in to the screen then the screen is shaken so that the loose dirt falls through. After this we sort through the stuff that is too big to fall through, pulling out anything that might be an artifact (ceramic, glass, nails, etc.) and discarding the rest. #fieldschool4aday #screening #archaeology #artifacts #digva #rockinva - Rani
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Our #DigMontpelier crew had a pretty exciting find early this morning! This is a fragment of Nast Porcelain which was found in the destruction layer of the East Smokehouse. This type of porcelain was being used by the Madison's during their retirement. This is the first piece found in the South Yard excavation! #fieldschool4aday #ceramic #JamesMadison #digva #porcelain #rockinva - Rani
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We have found a great number of things today but our #findoftheday is this wound faceted blue glass bead! This was found in the occupation level near the East Smokehouse. This bead probably belonged to an enslaved person that lived in the South Yard. #SouthYard #siteofslavery #personaladornment #smallfind #bluebead #archaeology
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The #DigMontpelier crew found this yellowware handle today near the East Smokehouse. This handle was found in 8 pieces clustered together in the destruction layer. As you see here, all of the pieces mend back together! This handle is fairly large and has a dramatic sharp curve. We think it might be from a large yellowware vessel like a jug. #SouthYard #eastsmokehouse #archaeology #siteofslavery #digva #LoveVA
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We had several #button contestants for #findoftheday but this purple #glass button is truly unusual. The button was discovered within the #eastsmokehouse structure and is very round with an iron shank. The unusual color and decorative shape suggest this button was used for a doublet or waistcoat in the nineteenth century. Have you come across any purple glass buttons similar to this before? Leave us a comment in the space below! #smallfind #glasspaste #SouthYard #siteofslavery #archaeology #artifact #digva #LoveVA
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Our #findoftheday is a piece of a cast iron pot with a pig tooth stuck to it. Has anybody seen something like this before? Please tell us about it in the comments! Rachel #fieldschool4aday #zooarch #digva #archaeology #rockinva - Rani
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Here are some of the #DigMontpelier crew sorting artifacts they found in the occupation layer of the East Smokehouse in the South Yard. Their unit is located in the northeastern corner of the site. Artifacts are sorted and separated by type because certain types get handled differently when taken to the lab. Things like ceramic and glass are washed in a sink with a tooth brush but bone (especially if it is delicate), nails and other iron are cleaned without water. #fieldschool4aday #artifacts #digva #rockinva #archaeology Kathryn Alli Worthington.g - Rani
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Hello! My name is Rani and I'm running the #DigMontpelier Instagram today as a field school student. I am from Buckingham VA and will be attending James Madison University this fall as a rising senior. My major is anthropology with a concentration in archaeology so I'm really enjoying my time here learning so many new things! #fieldschool4aday #JMU #archaeology #rockinva - Rani
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The #DigMontpelier crew just uncovered this shutter dog in the destruction layer of the #eastsmokehouse! The shutter dog is a piece of hardware used to keep shutters open. This is an exciting #architectural find for us because it provides us with more information to how these structures were built. #SouthYard #siteofslavery #architecture #preservation #reconstruction #archaeology
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One of our last units in the west smokehouse has revealed the central fire box in the smokehouse! #DigMontpelier
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This #horseshoe fragment found in the west #smokehouse earns today's #findoftheday! Pictured in front of the reconstructed stable quarter, this horseshoe may have made its way to the smokehouse from the stable through the hands of an enslaved worker at #Montpelier. #digva #archaeology #siteofslavery #SouthYard #horses
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Exploring James Madison's Montpelier, and American history, through archaeological excavation.
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The Montpelier Archaeology Department is a part of The Montpelier Foundation, a 501c(3) non-profit organization in Virginia whose mission is to:
 
Inspire continuing public engagement with American constitutional self-government by bringing to life the home and contributions of James and Dolley Madison.
 
Archaeologists at James Madison's Montpelier, a 2,750-acre historic property use archaeological excavations and historic research to bring to life the every day lives of the Madisons and the 120 enslaved individuals that lived at plantation-farm and lifelong home of the fourth president of the United States and the "Father of the Constitution."