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Here, #DigMontpelier staff member Kristina is excavating the central fire pit located within the East Smokehouse. This is an exciting feature because it confirms the location of the East Smokehouse. The central fire pit is where they would have had the fire continuously going to smoke and cure the meat that would have been hanging from the rafters of the smokehouse. #archaeology #smokehouse #firepit #reconstruction
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Lots of bones being cleaned in the #digmontpelier lab today by our volunteers. These animal bones are associated with the #smokehouses in the #southwestyard
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#DigMontpelier staff members DJ and Elizabeth are working on excavating this large feature near the east smokehouse. There is a lot of brick and animal bones coming out of this area. So far 2 sheep jaws, 2 pig jaws, and 1 cow jaw has been uncovered here! #archaeology #feature #bones #zooarchaeology #architecture
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This large piece of Whieldon-Wedgewood ceramic was just uncovered by the #DigMontpelier team, in a large feature that is currently being excavated near the East Smokehouse. This pattern is a frequent find for us at the South Yard, indicating it was being used by the enslaved community living here. The feature that is currently being excavated is also revealing a large amount of brick and animal bones. #SouthYard #EastSmokehouse #feature #ceramic #insitu
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Our #StudentEducation team is now taking reservations for fall #fieldtrips. More info at http://ow.ly/RiO6b
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Here is a before and after picture of the bone bobbin found last week. It was conserved by our #DigMontpelier lab manager, Ben Kirby! This instrument would have been used to hold yarn while weaving intricate designs. For instance, many lace designs require the use of dozens of bobbins. Bobbins are still used today but are now typically made out of wood. #SouthYard #archaeology #sewing #bobbin #bone #artifact
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This large mortar pocket was uncovered in one of the sill trenches of the East Smokehouse. These mortar pockets are helping the #DigMontpelier Team to identify the fill of the trenches. We are removing the fill to find the boundaries of the the original trench that was dug for the construction of the East Smokehouse. Uncovering these sill trenches is confirming the location of where this structure would have stood which is essential for reconstruction. #SouthYard #EastSmokehouse #archaeology #architecture #reconstruction #DigVA
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Did you know that the #DigMontpelier team sends out a monthly newsletter about our current excavations and findings? See the link in our profile to sign up! #archaeology #publicarchaeology #jmmontpelier
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The #DigMontpelier Instagram account currently has 489 followers! We will be giving away a t-shirt to are 500th follower! We will let you know who the lucky person is! #giveaway #archaeology #500thfollower
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The #DigMontpelier crew is hard at work uncovering architectural evidence for the #EastSmokehouse. Here's a cross-section of a sill trench for the smokehouse's foundation, containing a pocket of mortar or lime wash and a brick fragment. #archaeology #SouthYard #DigVA
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Our #findoftheday is a small buckle, possibly a shoe buckle. This object was found in the occupation layer near the East Smokehouse. A great find for the end of the week! #SouthYard #archaeology #artifact #shoebuckle
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Cataloging glass in the #digmontpelier lab today. By comparing window glass samples, we can better interpret the pieces we've been finding in the #southwestyard #archaeology
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Exploring James Madison's Montpelier, and American history, through archaeological excavation.
Introduction
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."