Sep 19, 2023

New Hire Highlight: Bella Kilper

By: Bella Kilper This past summer I had the pleasure of serving as the Summer Research Intern for the archaeology department at Poplar Forest. Having just graduated with my Bachelor […]

Aug 23, 2023

Student Research Illuminates Fascinating Finds

By: Erin Schwartz On July 14, Poplar Forest’s 32nd Annual Summer Field School in Historical Archaeology drew to a close. While students had learned many valuable skills in the field and […]

Jul 19, 2023

2023 Field School Week 6

By: Alyssa Moorman Week 6 has come to an end, and the Poplar Forest Archaeology Field School 2023 has officially been completed. The week started with a lecture on Industrial […]

Jul 14, 2023

2023 Field School Week 5

By: Taylor Gantzert At the beginning of the fifth week of Poplar Forest’s field school, students learned about the tools that archaeologists use to categorize and analyze the data collected […]

Jul 6, 2023

2023 Field School Week 4 (Part 2)

A Trip to Colonial Williamsburg and Historic Jamestowne By: Nicole Finnigan While the focus of the first half of the week was on digging our units and learning about flotation, […]

Jul 6, 2023

2023 Field School Week 4 (Part 1)

By Rose Hill (the happy Texan): In this week of the field school, we began each morning with a series of lectures by Dr. Proebsting on the topics of landscape […]

Jun 28, 2023

2023 Field School Week 3

By: Gill Batt This week, field school started with a tour of Monticello on Monday. The group listened to a lecture and toured the house along with the grounds. The […]

Jun 20, 2023

2023 Field School Week 2

By: Cameron Cash This was an exciting week for the 2023 Archaeology Field School. Despite Monday’s inclement weather keeping us away from our 5 ft. x 5 ft. excavation units […]

Jun 12, 2023

2023 Field School Week 1

By: Catherine Haines The 2023 Archaeology Field School at Poplar Forest began by learning about the history of the property, the field techniques, and touring the lab. First, the students […]

Apr 17, 2023

The North Grove Ice House at Poplar Forest

By: Steve Lenik, Ph.D. Ice houses are underground pits that stored ice or snow collected during the winter to provide chilled food and beverages throughout the year. These were common […]

Mar 13, 2023

2022 Archaeology Field School

Poplar Forest was excited to once again host its Field School in Historical Archaeology last summer through the University of Virginia. We welcomed five students who learned the skills and […]