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Black History Month: Uncovering the Ancestors: Archaeology and Enslaved Communities in the Southeast

February 16

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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John Seigenthaler Center, Vanderbilt University
1207 18th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37212



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As a part of our 2019 Black History Month community programming, the Hermitage will host a panel discussion to discuss the role of archaeology in the interpretation of enslaved communities at the Hermitage and in the southeastern region of the United States. Featuring Dr. Canter Brown, Dr. Jane Landers, and Dr. Larry McKee, join us as these historians discuss projects ranging from Tennessee to Florida and their impact on our understanding and connection to these communities. The panel discussion will begin at 3:00 p.m at Vanderbilt’s John Seigenthaler Center, with a light reception to follow.

The Hermitage archaeology program began in the late 1970s with several excavations over 6 field seasons that uncovered a collection of about 800,000 archaeological artifacts. In addition to locating previously unknown buildings, the field work revealed animal bones, ceramics, work tools, and personal items such as tobacco pipes, sewing equipment, marbles, and bottles. Studies like those at The Hermitage help us to not only organize and learn about our local communities, but help connect these stories to a broader, national historical context. To explore The Hermitage’s archaeological collection, please visit https://www.daacs.org/plantations/the-hermitage/.

Panel includes Dr. Canter Brown, Dr. Jane Landers, and Dr. Larry McKee
Moderated by Dr. Ashley Bouknight
3 p.m. – 4 p.m. with reception to follow
Admission: FREE
John Seigenthaler Center at Vanderbilt, 1207 18th Ave S #200, Nashville, TN 37212


For more information on the other events offered for Black History Month:

February 2nd Event

February 9th Event

February 23rd Event