In 2006, the College began a May Term class in Historical Archaeology to provide students with an introduction to historical archaeology; stimulate an interest in local history; and establish a connection to our founders and historical figures. Since the first class in the summer of 2006, students have examined and collected a considerable amount of information on the history and archaeology of Slate Hill Plantation where Hampden-Sydney College was founded in 1775. That material has expanded our understanding of the lives of plantation residents some of whom were College Trustees, College Students, and visiting historical figures.
Archaeological material has also been recovered at sites at Estcourt and Hampden House from earlier excavations. Each item, whether uncovered on campus or at Slate Hill, furthers our knowledge and understanding of the College’s and area history. Your funding help of $500 to purchase containers and supplies to organize this material will ensure it is usable for decades to come for researchers and will preserve the contributions of a decade of archaeology student’s discoveries.