University of Mississippi archaeologists Carolyn Freiwald and Jodi Skipper began excavations at the Hugh Craft House in Holly Springs during the cold snap in November 2014, with a crew of Sociology and Anthropology Department graduate and undergraduate students, as well as participation by Rust College students working with Dr. Alisea McLeod. Construction work on foundation of the 1850s mansion and detached kitchen building (that likely also served as the slave quarters) revealed evidence for consumption of whitetail deer, turkey, pig, and cow, as well as antebellum ceramics and other artifacts identified by homeowner and historian Chelius Carter. Skipper and Freiwald hoped to identify features associated with culinary practices of the time, as well as other household activities. The team identified features including a posthole, old piping, and a burned area in the yard. They plan to return in April 2015 to continue the investigation in conjunction with the Behind the Big House program (April 7th-12th) which features tours of several extant slave dwellings, and the Holly Springs Annual Pilgrimage Tour of Historic Homes and Churches.