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Volunteers Arrive at Montpelier in Preparation for Excavation Project

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The excavation project begins Monday, May 14 The excavation project begins Monday, May 14
James Madison's Montpelier James Madison's Montpelier
Volunteers came from across the country to work on this project Volunteers came from across the country to work on this project
The goal is to find a set of trash deposits The goal is to find a set of trash deposits
ORANGE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Volunteers from across the country arrived at James Madison's historic Montpelier home on Sunday, May 13, ahead of a week-long excavation project.

On Monday, volunteers will work with Montpelier's archaeology staff to explore the ground beneath the South Lawn, where the home's slave quarters were two centuries ago.

The volunteers will live on the property for the week and receive training from staff on how to properly excavate and identify the artifacts.

The goal of the dig is to find a set of trash deposits dating back to the 1820s.

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