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The only rays we are seeing today at #digmontpelier are from this glass fragment found south of the kitchen at the South Yard site! This fragment, with bottom molding, could have been from a piece of tableware or a possible punch bowl! #digva #trustsites #visitva #historichomes #basefullofsunshine #archaeologylife #jamesmadisonsmontpelier #tableware
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Happy National Pink Day from the staff at #digmontpelier! Here's a #tbt to an artifact from the Stable Quarter excavation. This pink colored Chinese overglaze porcelain likely belonged to the enslaved laborers who lived. #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #ceramics #chineseporcelain #artifacts #digva #trustsites #savingplaces #thisplacematters #pink
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Good to see the destruction layer again! The 2nd #digmontpelier field school is moving into the yardspace between the south yard kitchen and west smokehouse, and lots of finds await! #archaeology #virginia #trustsites #africanamericanhistory #historic
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This morning started off eventful with finding this thimble in a late 19th century topsoil context around the North Dewlling. We have only found a few across the whole site so this one can significantly help expand our knowledge on sewing here at Montpelier! #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #digva #historichomes #thisplacematters #savingplaces #trustsites #sewsimple #sewing #thimble #artifact #history
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This beautiful wreath at the #digmontpelier site, was made as a symbol of the teamwork of the Archaeology and Horticulture Departments to save the Madison era Witness tree adjacent our site. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #historictree #history #wreath #thisplacematters #savingplaces #digva #trees
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Great day for our #digmontpelier team! These ceramics came out of a early 19th century context just north of the North Dwelling. #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #digva #savingplaces #thisplacematters #ceramic #artifacts
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#DigMontpelier has expanded its excavations to the Temple. Part of our team is keeping it cool while excavating around the north side of the structure in attempt to find the original entrance to the icehouse that lies below the Temple. #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #thisplacematters #savingplaces #trustsites #digva #visitva #archaeologylife #architecture
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It's a nail party here at #digmontpelier! We have begun cataloging North Dwelling artifacts on rain days. Nails always come first because they decay so quickly upon oxidation outside the ground. #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #digva #trustsites #thisplacematters #savingplaces #nails #nailedit #labwork
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Today, our second #digmontpelier field school has begun! The students and staff will be working just south of Nelly's Kitchen. #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #archaeologylife #digva #savingplaces #thisplacematters #trustsites #fieldschool
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This morning, @jmmontpelier is hosting members of the local African American community and descendants of the Montpelier enslaved community to share and discuss our efforts at interpreting the African American experience. The #digmontpelier team is sharing about our excavations and research! #pubarch #archaeology #africanamericanhistory #trustsites #virginia
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On Saturday, #digmontpelier will be offering tours of our open excavations in the South Yard as part of our celebration of Juneteenth! There are activities all afternoon as Montpelier hosts the Orange County African American Society's Juneteenth celebration! #archaeology #history #africanamericanhistory #juneteenth #montpelier
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At #digmontpelier, once we have finished multiple units next to each other, the next step is the removal of baulks for clearer viewing and maintenance of the site. We then reshoot in the nails with our total station to ensure we maintain our grid. #archaeology #historicalarchaeology #historichomes #history #savingplaces #thisplacematters #digva
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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."