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1 Kelso, William M.; Deetz, James Archaeology at Monticello (Author Signed)
The University of North Carolina Press 1997 1882886054 / 9781882886050 First Edition Paperback Very Good with no dust jacket Signed by Author
Author signed bookplate. In telling the story of Thomas Jefferson, the grounds at Monticello, and the many people, enslaved and free, who worked on the plantation, William Kelso's landmark work augments the written record of life there. Archeological excavations show that many of Jefferson's idealized projects were realized in very different form. In particular, the book contains significant new information about Mulberry Row, a line of workshops and dwellings where most of the plantation's industries were located. The wealth of material objects that Kelso's team unearthed form a fascinating and palpable link to the past. ; Monticello Monograph Series; 0.5 x 10 x 6.9 Inches; 136 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 29.97 USD
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2 Kelso, William M. Kingsmill Plantations, 1619-1800 Archaeology of Country Life in Colonial Virginia
Academic Pr 1984 0124034802 / 9780124034808 First Edition; Various Hardcover Near Fine with no dust jacket Signed by Author
Author signed bookplate. Book looks new. In 1971 William Kelso happened almost by chance on an archaeological find that would open a new door on the rural history of colonial Tidewater Virginia. Erosion had revealed a brick well shaft in a cliff on the James River; above this was an earthen fort and, a bit farther downriver, the remains of a plantation manor. These would be the first of many intriguing discoveries to be made in the area known as Kingsmill. Though the land's owners agreed to cooperate with, and even fund, an archaeological study of the area, the excavation schedule would have to keep one step ahead of the work on a major residential development. For centuries, time had stood still in Kingsmill; now the clock was suddenly ticking.

'Kingsmill Plantations,' Kelso's first-hand account of a great feat of rescue archaeology, covers a three-year period and the excavation of 15 separate sites. The various properties dated as far back as 1619 -- placing them among the earliest of American settlements -- and continued up through the 18th century. Because the division of labor on the Kingsmill plantations was typical of the era, the settlement could provide an invaluable microcosmic view of colonial Virginia. Meticulous study of the structures and their surroundings -- including faunal analyses and inventories of entire households -- allowed Kelso and his colleagues to construct a remarkably detailed picture of life in Kingsmill over the course of nearly 200 years.

At once scholarly and highly readable, 'Kingsmill Plantations' speaks to both expert and amateur. An extensive collection of illustrations -- including maps, diagrams, and contemporary and archival photographs -- makes the narrative especially vivid. ; Studies in Historical Archaeology; 0.75 x 9.75 x 8 Inches; 236 pages; Signed by Author 
Price: 69.97 USD

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