Field Slave Quarter Collections

Research & Collections

The Field Slave Quarters were excavated in 2012-2013 as part of the larger study of the home sites of the Montpelier enslaved community. The site yielded thousands of artifacts ranging from tableware and glassware, personal and clothing items, tools, construction materials, and faunal and floral remains. Excavations revealed two log-cabin homes with associated sub-floor pits, several borrow pits, and a potential work yard in between. Both the excavations and artifacts reveal much about the lives of the enslaved families who lived there during the early-19thcentury.

Thousands of artifacts were recovered, cataloged, and grouped into vessels indicating the enslaved families who lived in the area had access to similar goods as the enslaved artisans and domestic servants and also participated in the local market economy. Although the area was believed to be the site of homes for enslaved field laborers, there were a wide range of tools recovered possibly indicating a skilled artisan lived or worked nearby.

Below is a representation of the types of materials and objects recovered during the 2012-2013 excavations. For a more detailed description of the artifact assemblage and analysis see: Field Slave Quarter Object Report.

 

Final overhead photograph showing House Site 1 at the Field Slave Quarter excavations (2013).

Final overhead photograph showing
House Site 2 at the Field
Slave Quarter excavations (2013).