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Archaeology The Department of Archaeology is dedicated to studying and preserving Monticello's archaeological record, and to deciphering its meaning through comparative research. Curatorial Monticello is home to a unique collection of artifacts, antique books, and works of art relating to every aspect of Jefferson's diverse interests as well as to the larger Monticello community.  


In 1794 Jefferson added a nailmaking operation to his blacksmith shop on Mulberry Row at Monticello. He hoped it would provide a source of cash income while he restored the depleted soil of his farms. Nail rod was shipped from Philadelphia and hammered into nails ranging in size from six-pennies to twenty-pennies.

Monticello as Experiment:‘To Try All Things’

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. 

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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.

Monticello Podcasts

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.

Monticello's Tea Room

Image credit: Thomas Jefferson Foundation/Laurence Bartone, Bartone PhotographyCopyright © Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Inc.

Saturday Archaeology Workshop

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). Participants will work with archaeologists in hands-on examination and interpretation of newly excavated artifacts and the computer-based analysis used to unlock their historical meaning.


The ICJS fellowship program for domestic and international scholars promotes research of Jefferson’s life and times and the community at Monticello.  Since its founding, the ICJS has hosted nearly 300 domestic and international scholars from the U.S.

Monticello Archaeology

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 the Chesapeake region.

Celebrating Black History Month with the Archaeology Family Workshop

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 pipes can give incredible insights into the daily lives on this plantation.

West Portico Steps

The West Front of Monticello is one of the most widely recognized views of Thomas Jefferson's home. Thousands upon thousands of visitors have posed on the West Portico steps to have their images recorded in front of the facade that has graced coins, postage stamps, and countless other objects over the years. Every Fourth of July, new U.S. citizens are sworn in on the same masonry steps. But were there finished steps at the West Portico in Jefferson's day?

Fellows Forum: Plantation Social and Economic Strategies through Coarse Earthenware

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.

Monticello-University of Virginia Archaeological Field School

Archaeology of Chesapeake Slavery and LandscapeAnthropology 55896 credits