What’s for Dinner: An Intra-site Analysis of Faunal Remains from James Madison’s Montpelier

Author(s): Benjamin C Kirby

Year: 2018

Summary

While much work at James Madison’s Montpelier looks at the differences in faunal remains between sites, the amount of intra-site analysis is lacking. This paper seeks to explore the relationship between previously analyzed faunal remains and their physical locations within the South Yard. The majority of domestic tasks at Montpelier centered around the South Yard, which included three dwellings for domestic slaves, two smokehouses for cured meats, and a kitchen where Nelly Madison had her meals prepared. Emphasis will be placed on the species and element of faunal remains and attempt to connect deposits to either enslaved individuals or the Madisons. In addition, the faunal remains from Dolley’s Midden, the refuse pile for the majority of the Madisons’ household waste, functions as a control for comparisons of the South Yard faunal remains. Ideally this analysis will lead to further information about the enslaved and Madisonian diets.

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What’s for Dinner: An Intra-site Analysis of Faunal Remains from James Madison’s Montpelier. Benjamin C Kirby. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441539)

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

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 719