Archaeology

Joan and Stan Younce volunteers at DH

National Volunteer Week Spotlight: Stan and Joan Younce

“Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.” -Albert Camus, French philosopher This April during National Volunteer Appreciation Week, Drayton Hall is celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of our dedicated and talented volunteers. If it were not for the time, support, and energy that each of our volunteers has graciously given, […]

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What Is It? GR Stoneware Jug Medallion

One of the most beloved artifacts in the Drayton Hall Archaeological Collection is this “GR” medallion from a stoneware jug. Most likely made in Westerwald, Germany, these jugs enjoyed great popularity during the reigns of King George I (1714-1727) and King George II (1727-1760) as George Rex (GR) is Latin for King George. This artifact […]

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Camille Chambers of the College of William and Mary and Sarah Stroud Clarke enjoying their DRC training session in May at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Drayton Hall Archaeologist Attends DAACS Research Consortium

In 2012 Drayton Hall became an institutional partner of the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS), an extensive archaeological database created in 2000 by the Monticello Archaeology Department to foster scholarly collaboration and data sharing of archaeological resources. Sarah Stroud Clarke was in residence at Monticello for five weeks in 2012 as an International […]

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Drayton Hall Archaeologist Attends DAACS Research Consortium

Last week, Drayton Hall archaeologist and curator of collections Sarah Stroud Clarke participated in the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery (DAACS) Research Consortium at Monticello. Participants from 11 partner institutions came together to form the consortium. The Fairfield Foundation’s blog gives an excellent overview of the consortium in “Archaeology Nerds Unite for Research Consortium at Monticello.”

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The Drayton Hall group at the preview; the author, in blue, stands next to the newly conserved Bureau Bookcase.

Preview Visit to the DeWitt Wallace Museum in Colonial Williamsburg

by Anne Drayton Nelson Last June I had a wonderful opportunity to see a preview of the upcoming Exhibit entitled A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South that will open officially at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum on February 15, 2014.  This Drayton Hall-sponsored trip included staff, Drayton […]

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Preservation Wednesday celebrates 3rd Anniversary!

Preservation Wednesday celebrates 3rd Anniversary!

Three years ago, in August of 2009, the Drayton Hall Preservation Department was faced with a back-log of artifacts to process from the 2008/2009 archaeological field work; over forty bags of artifacts sat waiting to be washed. Having noticed the enthusiasm that our Drayton Hall Friends displayed over all things archaeological, the Preservation Department created […]

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What is it?

What is it?

One of the most frequent questions Drayton Hall archaeologists are asked is if we ever find coins. Most often the answer is “no” as the artifacts we recover are discards from the past, and like now, people do not generally throw out money intentionally with the trash. However, during this summer’s excavation near the northwest basement […]

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What is it?

What is it?

During the middle of the 18th century, furniture ornamented with brass, tortoiseshell, and exotic wood inlays was of the highest fashion in Europe and especially London, England. Influenced by the late 17th-century work of French cabinet maker Andre-Charles Boulee (1642-1732), a group of five British cabinet makers began creating equally lavish pieces in London from the 1730’s; in […]

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"Our Barbadian Connection" By Phoebe Willis

“Our Barbadian Connection” By Phoebe Willis

For many years the Barbadian Consulate General has organized an event in US cities that are significant to Barbadian heritage. This year they came back to Charleston, South Carolina for the Barbados Comes (Back) to Charleston  festival, a four-day event that was held September 1st through the 4th. On September 3rd, Drayton Hall participated in the […]

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