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#findoftheday is our second shell button of the season! #digmontpelier Made of oyster, this is a great find out of the south yard. #artifact #loveva #archaeology #historic #smallfind
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Registration still opener our April 26-May 1 Expedition! Email us to be a part of our #digmontpelier team!
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#findoftheday is this oval shaped and copper ring or decorative button! It has two broken ends sticking out of the back. We'd love your opinion! #digmontpelier
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The Montpelier Archaeology Department is hiring a Preservation Architect to direct the reconstruction of the enslaved Domestic Quarter complex at James Madison's Montpelier. This is a great opportunity to work on a new project combining archaeology, architecture, history, and public education. Learn more about the requirements at bit.ly/presarchitect, or visit the link in our profile! #preservation #architecture #archaeology #museums #montpelier #loveva
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This linear clay feature may be part of our smokehouse foundation! #digmontpelier
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Which unit/project area is this? "Smokehouse East" seemed to have a cut trench feature that was oriented parallel with the mansion and which lined up with the dressed stone foundation of the Southeast Duplex-Home. It also seemed to have some component features that may have been a structural component (?).

The eastern smokehouse also had a brick-filled feature on the north-west side that was initially thought to be a pier-base, but in many ways is structurally similar to a phyllite-filled feature noted on the north-east corner of the Southwest Duplex-Home.
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Staff archaeologist and expedition member uncover an 1840s walking path in the South Yard! #digmontpelier Interested in working on an archaeology site with us? click the link in our profile to learn more about our LEARN archaeology program!
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A nice haul this afternoon! And still hours of digging left! #teacupbase #digmontpelier
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Our department works tirelessly to interpret and recreate the Montpelier landscape through archaeological and architectural evidence, and with public involvement. This log slave cabin was completed today, representing a field quarter that stood in this location during the 1820s. It was discovered through #metaldetector survey and archaeological excavation, all carried out by members of the public working with our archaeology staff. For #givingtuesday, we raised $15,000 to reconstructive building, a process completed by 12 members of the public and skilled artisans, using historical tools and methods. Today, it was placed on the landscape, serving as a visual interpretation of Madison's role as a slaveowner, and of the often overlooked and rarely represented lives of African American enslaved laborers. To learn more about our programs, please visit buff.ly/1CPZn0B. #MuseumWeek #architecturemw #preservation #museums #archaeology . . . Repost Ashley Reeves with Repost App.
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Log cabjn complete. #digmontpelier
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Archaeologists will use just about any tool to excavate. How many can you see? #digmontpelier
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#findoftheday: this animal vertabrae, exactly what you'd like to find near a smokehouse! #digmontpelier
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This season, the #digmontpelier team will be searching for 2 smokehouses! Visit http://buff.ly/19hjlFb to learn more! You can access links by visiting our profile url, and clicking on this image in flickr!
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I haven't been to Montpelier since the Dupont era walls came down. Just ... Wow.
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#Repost Terry Brock, our Research Archaeologist, with a shot from last years #metaldetecting expedition JM Montpelier!
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Metal detectorist and archaeologist collaborating on a survey at Montpelier! #digmontpelier #archaeology #metaldetecting #detecting #history #pubarch
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Have them in circles
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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."