During the Fall 2023 semester, the University of Mississippi Department of Sociology and Anthropology conducted archaeological research at Rowan Oak. This research is to help expand the interpretation of the site that predates Faulkner—in particular the history of enslavement during the Sheegog occupation of the property (1844-1872).

Fieldwork at Rowan Oak included geophysical survey, systematic shovel-testing, and test units to explore areas of interest. These investigations took place as part of a course in public archaeology taught by Krista Eschbach. 

More work is yet to be done to uncover the past! For more information on these efforts, check out the Before Faulkner Archeology Facebook page or contact Dr. Eschbach.

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