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University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN 37916-3801)
Barbara J. Heath (Project Director: November 2009 to May 2016)

Collaborative Research
Research Programs

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$240,000 (approved)
$238,781 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2010 – 9/30/2015

Engaging the Piedmont: Transitions in Virginia Slavery 1730-1790

Excavation, analysis, and interpretation of archaeological remains of 18th-century slave communities in three locations in the Virginia Piedmont. (36 months)

Funding is requested over three years for collaborative, interdisciplinary archaeological research to document the material culture of slavery in the piedmont and to address the processes of community formation. Through an analysis of domestic space, foodways, environmental evidence, and artifacts, this project will critically examine how, over a 60-year period, a single community of enslaved men, women and children belonging to John Wayles and Thomas Jefferson materially expressed aspects of community life. How did enslaved communities form in the 18th-century piedmont? Did strategies for shaping the material and social worlds change over time? Did a distinctive regional culture develop? Three piedmont sites associated with this community will be investigated: Indian Camp, Wingos, and the North Hill quarter. New field and laboratory work will be initiated at Indian Camp, research will continue at Wingos, and final analyses will be completed for North Hill data.