Thanks to a $300,000, three-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), 30 years of archaeological research at The Hermitage, Home of Andrew Jackson, will be digitized and made available online to scholars and the general public.
The grant enables archaeologists at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to complete a web-based collaboration entitled Beyond the Mansion 2.0 in partnership with The Hermitage. The project will focus on digitizing artifacts and field records from a group of archaeological sites collectively known as the First Hermitage. This area was occupied by Andrew Jackson and a small number of slaves around 1800.
“We are very excited that Monticello received this generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to catalog the archaeological material excavated at the First Hermitage,” said Marsha Mullin, vice president of museum services and chief curator at The Hermitage.
“We are proud to be part of yet another project that will make years of archeological research widely available online while adding to the knowledge of slavery at The Hermitage.”
Archeology is a critical resource to understanding slavery and daily life at The Hermitage. Beyond the Mansion 2.0 will bring together three types of archeological information for analysis: artifacts, animal remains and botanical remains. Comparison of all three areas will allow archeologists to further document and explain lifestyle differences within the enslaved community during the early-modern era.