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James Madison, Fourth President (1809-1817)

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Archaeologists have unearthed a few pieces of history at former president James Madison’s country estate: portions of two pawns from his chess set.

Montpelier officials think the pieces are likely from the same set Madison and Thomas Jefferson used in their frequent matches during Jefferson’s visits.Archaeologists recently discovered the pawns during an ongoing excavation at the fourth president’s central Virginia estate.

Montpelier archaeology director Matthew Reeves calls the pieces a treasure that reflects Madison’s intellectual pursuits and social life.

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February 3, 2011 - Posted by | archaeology, cool stuff

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