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 Montpelier Magazine

Rich with life: students and alumni explore evidence at Montpelier's first field-slave quarters


About half of the 15-member archaeology staff at James Madison's Montpelier estate are JMU alumni. Last summer, they were joined by 20 JMU students and JMU anthropology professor Clarence Geier to remove and painstakingly examine contents of shovel-test pits on the location of a small, former slave village on the estate grounds. A similarly begun probe led to the dig site's discovery in 2003 when Montpelier staff began surveying to locate a new road for visitors. Click on the PDF below to read the story by Montpelier freelance writer Chris Edwards.