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James Madison’s Montpelier slave quarters excavated

Archaeologists excavating the slave quarters at Montpelier have revealed some new insights into slave life in the early 19th century. Excavations took place at four venues across the plantation: the Stable Quarter (homes for enslaved livestock handlers, excavated in 2010), the South Yard (homes for house slaves, excavated in 2011), the

James Madison’s chess pieces found at Montpelier

Two chess pawns have been unearthed at Montpelier, James Madison's country estate. Archaeologists recently discovered the pawns during an ongoing excavation at the fourth president's Orange County estate. Montpelier archaeology director Matthew Reeves called the pieces a treasure that reflects Madison's intellectual pursuits and social life. The fragments of pawns provided enough

Excavations begin at undisturbed slave dwellings

Archaeologists have begun excavations on the undisturbed remains of slave dwellings at James Madison's house in Montpelier, Vermont. She said her most exciting discovery so far is a bone-handled pocket knife. When she uncovered it with her trowel, it was badly corroded, and the bone looked like old wood, she

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