Discovery in Frederick Sheds New Light on 18th-Century Md. Slaves

By Tamar Hallerman - WAMU 88.5
|  Friday, Aug 20, 2010  |  Updated 8:09 PM EDT
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Archaeologists Unearth Maryland Slave Village

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Archaeologists Unearth Maryland Slave Village

Archaeologists in Maryland are digging up history. They say they've unearthed the remains of what used to be one of the largest slave villages in the state.
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Very little is known about 18th-century slaves who lived in central Maryland, but a recent discovery at the Monocacy Battlefield in Frederick may shed some new light on them.

Archaeologists have known about the site for almost a decade but didn’t have the funds to dig until this year. And with the help of surface penetration radar equipment, they hit a jackpot.

"What’s important and interesting about theses sites is that this is one of the only instances that I’m aware of in the area where you have multiple dwellings in one location," said the National Park Service's project director, Joy Beasley.

Six slave dwellings, in fact, along with food remnants and housewares.

Beasley and her team will continue excavating through the end of September. But unless the project gets more funding, fieldwork will have to be put on hold once again, Beasley said.

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