Active Dig Site

Research & Collections

Archaeologists are exploring a set of quarters for field slaves as part of a four-year project to gain an understanding of the Montpelier enslaved community.  The goals of this archaeological study are to reveal the remains of the homes for enslaved households and the range of household goods (ceramics, glasswares, personal items, and food {animal bone and charred seeds} remains).   In this study, we are contrasting the homes of house slaves, skilled artisans, and field slaves.  The site is open April-November with active excavation occurring during the weekdays.

Students of the JMU 2012 Field School excavating at the field slave quarters.