Archaeology at Kingsley Plantation
Archaeological investigations at some of the Kingsley slave cabins produced artifacts that give us a glimpse into daily life at this slave community.
Hundreds of artifacts were recovered during the archaeological excavations in 1968 and 1981. Images from left to right: ginger beer bottle, ceramic and glass fragments, metal cross, bead. Gardening, hunting, fishing, and cooking occupied time after plantation work was finished. Clay pipes, handmade clay marbles, a harmonica, toothbrush, brass bell, and glass inkwell are other possessions found at the slave cabins – intriguing traces of the occupants’ personal lives.
In 2006, the University of Florida began a three year project at the slave quarters. These field schools will reveal more about life at the slave community. Click here for information about current archaeological excavations.
In spite of their small, size, these artifacts have been the only clues to the daily activities of the inhabitants of the slave quarters at Kingsley Plantation You have a role in protecting our archaeological treasures. Do not pick up items found on the grounds. Report illegal activities to a park ranger. Remember - digging for artifacts or removing anything from the park is illegal and robs us all of our heritage.
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