A Brief History of Plantation Archaeology in Virginia

Barbara J. Heath

in Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780813039886
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813043807 | DOI:
A Brief History of Plantation Archaeology in Virginia

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This chapter summarizes the history of plantation archaeology in Virginia, setting the stage for the following chapters. It traces the historical, theoretical, and methodological developments that have taken place in the subfield of plantation archaeology as it transitioned from a focus on restoration to a focus on anthropological and historical research. The chapter summarizes research questions relating to architecture, landscape, consumerism, and material culture and discusses findings from key sites that have been excavated. It outlines the diversity of approaches employed by archaeologists working on plantations today, and suggests avenues for future research.

Keywords: architecture; consumerism; future research; landscape; material culture; plantation archaeology; restoration; Virginia

Chapter.  10888 words. 

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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