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Today at #digmontpelier, the team from Encyclopedia Virginia came out to take panoramic photos to include on Google Street View! We are so excited to share our active archaeological site with the wider public! #publicarchaeology #archaeology #trustsites #thisplacematters #savingplaces #sitesofslavery #archaeologylife #google
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At #digmontpelier, our work in the South Kitchen has exposed some intriguing finds! This scythe was found in a historic fill within the kitchen probably dating to the mid-19th century. This finding compliments our knowledge that the plantation once harvested wheat as its primary crop. #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #digva #trustsites #sitesofslavery #archaeologylife #thisplacematters #savingplaces
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Our #digmontpelier metal detecting game is a huge hit! Here our intern, Dana, is showing a group of kids how we survey using metal detecting! #archaeology #metaldetecting #archaeofest16 #publicarchaeology
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We're already finding some awesome things bright and early at #digmontpelier! This thimble came out of the South Kitchen, and is one of several we have found throughout the South Yard. #thisplacematters #montpelier #visitva #historicalarchaeology #digva #historichomes #thimble #historicsewing #sitesofslavery #archaeology #trustsites #diggineveryday
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It's been a great day of finds at #digmontpelier today! The enslaved community who lived and worked in the south yard have left us with more clues about their lives. We are finding a mix of ceramics, both plain and colorful that help us tell this story. #ceramics #thisplacematters #archaeology #trustsites #ceramic #historichomes #digva #historicalarchaeology #visitva #montpelier
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#digmontpelier is being taken over by another field student. @fri_mushroom is a local student hoping to learn more about how to preserve history in all forms. She is working on feature paperwork this morning so we can document what is being done before continuing excavating. #fieldschool #sitesofslavery #savingplaces #historicarchaeology #marywashington #archaeology #thisplacematters #digva #historichomes #history
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This artifact was found yesterday at #digmontpelier in Nelly's Kitchen of the South Yard. This ceramic has provided some questions, such as: what is it? There are preliminary theories that it could be an egg cup or a finial, but research needs to be done. What are your thoughts? #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #savingplaces #thisplacematters #sitesofslavery #trustsites #ceramics
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Holy doubloons! This piece of 8 was recovered from a south kitchen water screen sample by our intern Dana! #coin #digmontpelier #thisplacematters #montpelier #archaeologylife #digva #trustsites
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The ASV Field School found one in 2012 at the White House Farm, just west of Luray, hard by t he Shenandoah River. The markings were diagnostic...1809, I think.
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The #digmontpelier team is in DC today for #AITC Day of Archaeology Festival at the Dumbarton House! We will be her till 3pm! Come see us to participate in activities and enter our raffle! #dayofarchaeology #publicarchaeology #communityarchaeology
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Last full day in the field for us students at #digmontpelier. Still smiling after four weeks of lovely Virginia summer weather. Between days in the field,unearthing the history of the south yard, and the lab, where all the artifacts are analyzed, we have learned so much! #fieldschool #archaeology #thisplacematters #thisplacematters# digva
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#digmontpelier doesn't just find Madison era artifacts in the field. Our metal detectorist discovered a military collar button while surveying. Montpelier has had soldiers visit from the civil war all the way to WWI, where we think this more modern U.S. Button came from. #archaeology #historybuff #dirtfishing #metaldetecting #wwi #buttons #historichomes #trustsites #americanwars #homefront
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Great find!! Congrats!

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After these lovely ladies cleaned the fill from the path at #digmontpelier, they got to take a pollen sample from underneath some of the large, flat stones! They had to be very careful and use cleaned trowels and gloves when collecting it. This sample will be sent off to a specialist who can hopefully tell us what kind of plants were on the historic landscape, and in their diets. #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #pollensample #digva #savingplaces #trustsites #fieldschool #visitva #historichomes #science #sciencerocks #tellingthestory #womeninscience #thisplacematters
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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."