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Historical Archaeology at JMU


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Historical Archaeology at JMU

The Summer Historical Archaeology Field School (ANTH 494) began in 1986. Working with archaeologists from JMU, Montpelier, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, students participate in a program of ongoing historical archaeology at several sites. For the past few summers, students have concentrated on the recovery of artifacts and structural remains associated with the early eighteenth-century Mount Pleasant site at Montpelier (right).  Mount Pleasant, the home of James Madison's grandparents Ambrose and Frances Madison, represents the earliest period of plantation occupation and development on the Montpelier property.


Students interested in an introductory course in historical archaeology may also take Historical Archaeology (HIST/ANTH 331) during the regular academic year.