Recent Archaeological Discoveries at James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland

Author(s): Benjamin P Ford; Nick J Bon-Harper

Year: 2016


Longstanding questions about the main house at Ash Lawn-Highland prompted a Phase I archaeological study of the plantation’s domestic core and adjacent hilltop in 2014. This work revealed an area of interest just east of and adjacent to the 1870s wing. Phase II testing of this area in 2015 identified a substantial masonry foundation with partial basement. Associated material culture suggests that the structure dates to the first quarter of the nineteenth century. The projected architectural footprint broadly conforms with Monroe-era insurance policy descriptions. Current and future research on this early nineteenth-century structure may offer a revised understanding of the Monroe domestic complex.

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Recent Archaeological Discoveries at James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland. Benjamin P Ford, Nick J Bon-Harper. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434626)

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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): 548