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The Search for Josiah Henson

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Josiah Henson's 1849 autobiography inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and galvanized abolitionists. But for 30 years, he was enslaved here, on what was once a 270-acre plantation run by Isaac Riley. An acre of land and an old house are all that remain. Time Team America descends on a upscale DC suburb, digging for clues beneath the manicured lawn and peeling back layers of the old kitchen floor to tell the story of one of the most important Americans of the 19th century.

TIME TEAM AMERICA'S CONTRIBUTION

Why We Went There

Why We Went There

The Big Questions

What We Did & What We Learned

What We Did & What We Learned

Field work, experimental archaeology, data collection and analysis, and interpretation

WHAT WE FOUND

What We Found

Fragments from Our Past

Check out some of the more telling artifacts found at this site.

CONTRIBUTING SCIENTISTS

Dr. John Wah

Dr. John Wah

Soil Analysis

Dr. Edward Otter

Dr. Edward Otter

Zooarchaeology

GEOPHYSICS RESULTS

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