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Lindsay Bloch, a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Anthropology at UNC Chapel Hill, will discuss her research focusing on lead-glazed coarse earthenwares, a type of ceramic produced in great quantity during the colonial period through the mid-nineteenth century. Ms. Bloch has been utilize the...
Learning how to Learn from the Archaeological Record Explore the latest findings from the Monticello-University Archaeological Field School, where archaeologists and students have been investigating a site that was home to enslaved field workers in the early nineteenth century (Site 6)...
Monticello's Tea Room
Image credit: Thomas Jefferson Foundation/Laurence Bartone, Bartone Photography Copyright © Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.
Jefferson and the Early Diplomatic Corps The recent controversy over release of U.S. diplomatic cables via Wikileaks got us thinking about how Jefferson, the U.S.'s first Secretary of State under the Constitution, and his successors communicated with their ambassadors and consuls abroad. Luckily,...
Technical Reports The Elizabeth Hemings Site . Excavations in 1995 and 1996 at the site where Elizabeth Hemings, matriarch of Monticello's famous Hemings family, lived during the decade before her death in 1807.
Archaeology of Chesapeake Slavery and Landscape Anthropology 5589 6 credits Six week session: June 1 - July 10, 2015 Monticello's Department of Archaeology and the University of Virginia are pleased to offer a six-week archaeological field school at Monticello from June 1 through July 10, 2015. The...
Introduction Previous archaeological excavations on Mulberry Row have been guided by a plat prepared by Thomas Jefferson in 1796. Jefferson drew the plat as part of an insurance policy he took out with the Mutual Assurance Company of Richmond. He meticulously mapped the location of his mansion in...
The Department of Archaeology is dedicated to studying and preserving Monticello's archaeological record, and to deciphering its meaning through comparative research. Historical topics of special focus in the Department's fieldwork include landscape history and slavery, both at Monticello and in...
Thomas Jefferson was a firm believer that "useful knowledge" could make life more efficient and convenient, and he used Monticello as a laboratory for that theory. Monticello as Experiment: 'To Try All Things' presents the Monticello house and plantation as the testing ground for Jefferson's ideas...

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