Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Animation of the Day: Daub with Finger Impression from Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

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Today’s animation is a fragment of daub with finger impressions recovered archaeologically at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and was scanned in their archaeology laboratory. According to Jenn Ogborne, the Archaeology Laboratory Supervisor at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, “The daub is from the Tomahawk quarter farm at Poplar Forest, specifically in the plowzone above a two-room structure defined by postmolds, with a subfloor pit in both rooms. There are two other structures nearby. It was likely occupied about 1790 to 1812 (when Jefferson had the occupants moved to another location).” Jenn also provides these pictures of the daub alongside a 3D printed replica created in the Virtual Curation Laboratory.  The replica will be painted to resemble the original.

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Animation of the Day: Colonoware Crock Base from Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

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Today’s animation is the base of a colonoware crock base recovered archaeologically at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and was scanned in their archaeology laboratory. Colonoware vessels were low-fired earthenwares and were made by the enslaved workers living at this location.

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Animation of the Day: Lead Doughboy Toy from Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory

552_doughboyThis lead figure represents a World War I soldier, sometimes referred to informally as a doughboy.  The term doughboy generally refers to members of the American Expeditionary Forces. It was scanned in the archaeology facility at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest was continuously lived in well into the 20th century, as shown by this early 1900s toy. A video produced for Instagram by Archaeology in the Community in the Virtual Curation Laboratory features Lauren Volkers discussing the object, using a printed version made with a MakerBot Replicator.  The InstaGram video can be found here: http://instagram.com/p/i7WIALqqS2/#

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