Communicating With The Ancestors: Archaeology At Oxmoor Plantation, Louisville, Kentucky
AIA Society: Kentucky
Come and learn what Kentucky Archaeological Survey archaeologists have been doing at Oxmoor Farm in Louisville, Kentucky for the last year and a half. Lori Stahlgren, Project Archaeologist with KAS, will be speaking about this ongoing project. In 2021, the Oxmoor Farm Foundation hired KAS to conduct a survey around extant buildings that once served as dwellings for enslaved people in the early 19th century and as dwellings for farm workers post-bellum and into the 20th century. Oxmoor plans to create museum space to commemorate the lives of the enslaved African Americans and to tell their stories, both separate and intertwined with the Bullitt family, who owned the plantation. The survey found intact archaeological deposits around the extant buildings and investigations extended into the interior of the buildings. The work thus far has generated thousands of artifacts and new lines of research involving the enslaved people at Oxmoor. This discussion will describe the work to date and present some of the findings and artifacts discovered, as well as efforts to connect with descendants of the people enslaved at Oxmoor.
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