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Here we see two field school students Dani Dani Litchfield and Billy @gumbyjr777 with the #findoftheday . This is a piece of a cast iron pot! This artifact will be wrapped in soil and tinfoil, put in an artifact bag, and sent to the lab to be conserved through electrolysis. It was found in unit 2175 in the West Smokehouse area of the South yard. Good job guys! #digmontpelier #archaeology #castiron #Montpelier #westsmokehouse #fieldschool4aday
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This is unit 2179 and currently we are closing level D and opening level E. Level D can be seen in the center, the remains of an old shovel test pit (STP). When archaeologists are trying to locate and define sites, they will often systematically dig #STPs to reveal what is under the ground surface in an area. An STP is dug with a shovel and here at #Montpelier they are around 1.2 ft in diameter. STPs are dug deep enough to either see the subsoil or until there is a noticeable and significant difference. In our STP the stopping point was large brick in the middle. This STP is a good example of how surveying can give an archaeologist a good idea of what to expect in an area. There was a large brick in our shovel test pit, and our unit contained many bricks of similar size and shape. #digmontpelier #fieldschool4aday #shoveltestpit #surveying #bricks @emmiebug_19
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This is Emma and she will be our instagrammer today giving you a view into the life of a field school student. She is an archaeology and anthropology student at SUNY Potsdam and she is here for the first Montpelier field school. #digmontpelier #archaeology #pubarch #publicarchaeology #montpelier #fieldschool4aday @emmiebug_19
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This is the screening for unit 2193 #digmontpelier . Screening is the process where we use a screening device in order to find small artifacts that may have been missed during the initial excavation. We have found a couple #historicmortar and couple #archaeologicalbone . #fieldschool4aday - Brennan Winzer
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We are in the process of excavating the Destruction stratum on unit 2193 of the West Smokehouse yard space #digmontpelier . The destruction layer is where all of the South Yard buildings were torn down. Because they were torn down, we were able to find a lot of artifacts. Some artifacts include #historicbottle , #historicceramics , #historicshells , #historicbricks . #fieldschool4aday
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Rain or shine, people come from across the United States to see #montpelier and the #digmontpelier excavations! Field student Sam Sproviero is doing a fantastic job as public archaeologist of the day! :) DTOlesch #publicarchaeology #SouthYard #loveva #archaeology #digva
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Here we see a staff #archaeologist labeling blue inventory (BIT) tags, the flagging tape that gets attached to each BIT, and the bags that each BIT tag with a matching flag go in. #archaeology is very redundant when it comes to paperwork. We have to be redundant so that at every step of the way the #provenience (specific location and depth) of all of our work is known at all times. When the provenience of an artifact, architectural material, or soil is lost, all of the information we can learn from those is lost as well, forever. #digmontpelier #tagging #flagging #bagging #paperwork #redundant @emmiebug_19 @thedarthvadas
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News just in! With storm clouds on the horizon the staff, students, and interns all work together to set up the site tents. This is so everyone can continue to work if it should rain. Also the rain will change the soil color, so a tent becomes essential when working in rainy weather. Archaeologists are a diligent folk, when Mother Nature says "let there be rain", archaeologists say "not today, let's grab a tent!". #digmontpelier #weatheraintgotnothinonus #archaeology #expecttheunexpected #rainyday #tents @emmiebug_19
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#findoftheday This is an 1868 five cent coin found in unit 1279 #digmontpelier . It was found near the top of the Destruction layer in the South Yard East Smokehouse, yard space. #fieldschool4aday - Brennan Winzer
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Meredith excavating the Destruction layer while standing in a 1929 pipe trench #digmontpelier . In #archaeology we dig in chronological order. We dig from the newest layer of soil to the oldest. The 1929 pipe trench is the newer than the destruction layer, so it was excavated before the destruction layer #stratigraphy . #fieldschool4aday #chronologicalorder - Brennan Winzer
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meet Brennan Winzer is a senior at West Chester University, where he studies Anthropology, Geology, and Art History. He'll be manning the Instagram account today! #digmontpelier #archaeology #pubarch #montpelier
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It's #FeatureFriday at #digmontpelier! Notice the concentration of artifacts at the bottom right of this picture? Archaeologists at Montpelier believe that this feature is an ashy deposit complete with pieces of burnt wood and a partial wine bottle! :) DTOlesch #fieldschool4aday #wine #winelovers #ash #burntwood #archaeology #vawine #artifacts #digva #fabulousfeatures
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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."