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Some of our #digmontpelier archaeologists have returned to the North Dwelling to finish up work around the chimney base. Additionally, in the foreground you can see that the pier hole, discovered adjacent to the SW corner of the North Dwelling, has was appears to be a post mold in the bottom of it. How exciting! #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #thisplacematters #sitesofslavery #trustsites #savingplaces
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This early 1800s layer certainly had much to offer! We have not seen bones this large and well intact since the smokehouse excavations last year. This all came out of a yard space area south of the kitchen in the South Yard. #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #zooarchaeology #faunalremains #artifacts #historichomes #history #savingplaces #thisplacematters #sitesofslavery
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We got this locked down! This morning at #digmontpelier one of our metal detectorists, Dennis, found this pad lock in a survey area. This is one of the more complete locks found on the property. #thisplacematters #digva #historicsites #savingplaces #padlocks #historichomes #visitva #archaeology #sitesofslavery
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Today at #digmontpelier one of our expeditioners found a clay marble! This just reminds us that children once lived and played in the South Yard. #sitesofslavery #digva #visitva #savingplaces #thisplacematters #archaeology #historichomes #historicsites #historicmarbles #toys #historictoys
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#NBC29 came out to #digmontpelier today to interview Dr. Reeves about our excavation of the North Dwelling. Tune in tonight to see the story or check out NBC29 online to find out more! #archaeology #publicarchaeology #thisplacematters #savingplaces #outreach #digva #visitva
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One of our expeditioners, Tammy, found this pot leg while working in the yard space below Nelly's kitchen. Enslaved laborers could have used pots like these for cooking over the fire or laundry. #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #history #historichomes #thisplacematters #sitesofslavery #savingplaces #foodways
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Yesterday and today, our #digmontpelier team has been shooting in new units to our grid between the North Dwelling and South Kitchen in the South Yard using the total station. When we begin excavations in this area we will begin with doing every other unit, referred to as doing a checkerboard, to get an idea of the overall layout of the area. #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #totalstation #trustsites #sitesofslavery #thisplacematters #savingplaces
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An interesting feature in the South Yard just showed up. Brick filled feature!
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One of our #digmontpelier archaeologists just found what we believe is part of a cat jaw while processing artifacts in the lab! It is an unusual find for us. We did find a dog burial near the southwest dwelling in 2011 indicating that both dogs and cats lived on the property. #archaeology #cats #dogs #bone #faunal
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One of our #digmontpelier archaeologists just found this while excavating in the yard space behind the South Kitchen! It appears to be a ceramic handle potentially to a teapot. Can you help us identify it? #southyard #ceramic #archaeology #digva
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There are some moments at #digmontpelier were you can see the past and the present meeting. The cleaning of this mid-19th century toothbrush with a modern toothbrush exemplifies this. This toothbrush was likely once used by an enslaved laborer living in be South Yard. #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #sitesofslavery #thisplacematters #savingplaces #artifacts #toothbrush
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Time in the #digmontpelier lab is essential to begin analyzing and making connections between artifacts in different units and areas. These two sherds of the same transfer-printed sugar bowl lid were found in different areas of the South Yard. The right one was found last year around the smokehouses and the one on the left was found recent around the south kitchen! #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #sitesofslavery #trustsites #history #historichomes #thisplacematters #savingplaces #transferwarecollectorsclub #transferprint #ceramics #sugar #artifacts
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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."
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