A special livestream featuring Monticello's Director of Archaeology, Fraser Neiman; Research Archaeologist, Derek Wheeler; and Manager of Archaeological Field Research, Crystal O'Connor.
These three archaeologists present "lightning talks" on recent discoveries at Monticello. Dr. Neiman discusses recent field research exploring Jefferson's decision to switch from tobacco to wheat cultivation, and the effect that had on the daily lives of enslaved field laborers in the early-nineteenth century. Mr. Wheeler discusses how Jefferson refashioned the ornamental landscape that separated the house from the plantation's field after his return from France. Ms. O’Connor shares newly-excavated evidence of Jefferson's early engagement with French cuisine and the essential role of enslaved chefs like James and Peter Hemings in its preparation.