Horse Hardware- Montpelier, VA

Montpelier Stirrup

Excerpt- Horse related materials are not commonly studied in historical archaeology other than to determine that there was a stable presence on site or to state that horses existed on the property. I argue, however, that horse hardware can inform our understanding of places of labor on the plantation because most items associated with horses are highly functioning dependent: certain activities may or may not have taken place in an area depending on the type of horse hardware we find. In the case of the stable complex, we are likely to find curry combs, riding bits, and saddle trees associated with grooming and tacking.

Continue reading Digging Deeper: The History of Horses and Horse Hardware at James Madison’s Montpelier


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