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      In Small Things Forgotten: An Archaeology of Early American Life by James Deetz,

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    The term faunal remains is nothing more than a fancy way of referring to the remains of animals. Faunal remains typically found on archaeological sites include bone of course, but also other things such as fish scales, teeth, and any other preserved parts of animals.

    During excavations in 1984 / 85 and 1990, Mount Vernon’s archaeologists recovered more than 50,000 artifacts from a brick-lined cellar below the House for Families, or main slave quarter. Occupied between c. 1760 and 1793, these artifacts provide information about the diet, daily life and activities of the approximately 60 enslaved people who lived in this building.

    The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association Volunteer Program was established in 1992 to provide assistance to the Association in achieving their mission to preserve and protect the home and heritage of George Washington. During 2010, volunteers contributed over 26,600 hours to Mount Vernon.

    ...during the 18th century, the labor of enslaved Africans was the engine driving the complex, multi-functioning system that was George Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation. The House for Families, in existence by the 1760s, was the main slave dwelling located at Washington’s Mansion House Farm. The structure was demolished in early 1793 when the slaves moved to new quarters located in wings attached to either side of the nearby greenhouse.

    Archaeology is the scientific study of past human cultures through the excavation and examination of material remains (sites, features, soils, and artifacts). Our discipline has developed a set of methods to find, identify, and excavate sites to inform us about the past. (Mount Vernon Archaeology student)

    Mount Vernon’s Department of Archaeology offers an ongoing internship program designed to give undergraduate, graduate students and recent graduates experience in the field of historical archaeology. In the past, students have focused on different themes of colonial historical archaeology including African-American archaeology, industrial archaeology, landscape studies, museum education and outreach, website development / public relations, and material culture studies.

    eorge Washington had a green thumb, a trait often lost in deference to his achievements on the battlefield and in politics. In fact, while serving in the Revolutionary War and as the first president of the United States, Washington’s mind – and letters home – frequently turned to Mount Vernon and his ideas for landscape design. His carefully planned gardens featuring unusual 18th-century flowers have been expertly maintained and are on display for visitors.

    The Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center features 23 galleries and theaters where visitors learn about Washington through interactive displays, an action adventure movie, short films produced by The History Channel, immersive experiences, and a rich and comprehensive collection of more than 700 objects which give an unprecedented look at the personal effects of the Washington family. The building also houses a Distance Learning Center...

    By James Deetz. ISBN 0-385-08031-X. Copyright 1977, 1996. Softcover with 184 pages. Like putting together pieces of a puzzle, archaeologists reveal the lives of early Americans from artifacts left behind. Deetz examines a selection of these valuable leftovers from the colonial period and provides fascinating insights into life in early America.

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    T-Rex at Museum of Natural History