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Seeds, Weeds, and Feed: Macrobotanical Analysis of Enslaved African-American Plant Use and Foodways at a James Madison's Montpelier

Author(s): Samantha J. Henderson

Year: 2015

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In 2008, the archaeology department at James Madison’s Montpelier began a multi-year project that sought to understand the community dynamics between enslaved workers at the plantation in the early 19th century. This study excavated and analyzed four sites: South Yard, Stable Quarter, Field Quarter, and Tobacco Barn Quarter.  Each of these sites represents a different community of enslaved workers, from those who worked in the mansion to field hands.  In this paper, I discuss and compare the macrobotanical remains from these four sites.  I describe the macrobotanical assemblages from each site, showing possible differences in subsistence strategies of the people living at these quarters.  The macrobotanical remains will show the similarities and differences between the sites and importance of countless plant species as medicinals, foods, and fuels for enslaved African-Americans.


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Seeds, Weeds, and Feed: Macrobotanical Analysis of Enslaved African-American Plant Use and Foodways at a James Madison's Montpelier. Samantha J. Henderson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 433778)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 172

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America