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Blog Posts by Beth Sawyer

Read what Monticello staff members and guest authors have to say about Jefferson, Monticello, and how they experience Jefferson's experiment every day.

Historic artifacts recovered from excavations at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
One of the favourite parts of my job as an archaeological analyst at Monticello is presenting our research to visitors. I love the opportunity to tell the story of those who made Monticello their home hundreds of years ago. Things as simple as broken dishes, lost buttons, and discarded tobacco...More >>
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“What is the coolest thing you’ve ever found?” This is a question I get often yet it is one of the most difficult to answer. Everything that we find provides valuable information for our research of how people lived in the past, so what we think is “cool” may not be what others would say is “cool...More >>
"So you work in the Archaeology Lab...but what do you do, exactly?" This is a question I have received a lot over the years from friends and visitors alike. The answer is, quite a variety of things, actually. Archaeology entails a lot more than the digging part. That’s what I love about it; it’s a...More >>
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In 2009, members of the Monticello Archaeology staff teamed up with zoological archaeologist Joanne Bowen from Colonial Williamsburg to present a collaborative academic poster at the Society for American Archaeology annual conference. The following is a summary of that research. Introduction From...More >>


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