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Jefferson's Poplar ForestUnearthing a Virginia Plantation$
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Barbara Heath and Jack Gary

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813039886

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813039886.001.0001

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A Brief History of Plantation Archaeology in Virginia

A Brief History of Plantation Archaeology in Virginia

(p.20) 2 A Brief History of Plantation Archaeology in Virginia
Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Barbara J. Heath

University Press of Florida

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

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