Archaeology of Chesapeake Slavery and Landscape
Six week session: June 1 - July 10, 2020
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, 2020. The program offers six credits to undergraduate and graduate students through the University of Virginia's College of Arts and Sciences. The Monticello-UVA Field School accepts applications from undergraduate students as well as postgraduates. A current or previous affiliation with UVA is not required to attend.
Please Note: Because of the risks posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The University of Virginia has cancelled all in-person Summer Session classes through June 30, including the field school. We plan to be back in action in 2021!
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Monticello will offer successful applicants half-tuition scholarships. Since space is limited to twelve students, please be sure to have all application materials submitted by deadline: April 6, 2020.
The Monticello field school offers a hands-on introduction to basic excavation, recording, and laboratory techniques in archaeology. The course emphasizes a scientific, multidisciplinary approach to doing landscape archaeology. It also provides the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research into the ecological and social dynamics that unfolded on Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Plantation in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Technical topics covered include survey and excavation strategies as well as the analytical possibilities for ceramics, faunal remains, plant phytoliths and pollen, deposits and the sediments they contain, soils, and spatial distributions of artifacts across sites and larger landscapes.
Guest lecturers are drawn from a variety of disciplines including archaeology, geology, ecology, paleoethnobotany, zooarchaeology, and history. On-site instruction, lectures, and discussion sessions at Monticello will be complemented by field trips to related sites. Students will attend classes forty hours per week, with the bulk of that time spent working in the field and the lab. Reading assignments, lectures, and discussion sessions will cover both technical and historical issues.
The focus of our field research in 2020 is Site 6, a domestic site that was home to enslaved field laborers in the early-nineteenth century, after the transition to wheat. We have discovered evidence for two distinct houses at the site, each with distinctive artifact assemblages and spatial organization. Our current working hypothesis is that one household represents a family, while the other represents a group of unrelated individuals. Our major goal this summer is to collect the data that will allow us to more rigorously evaluate this idea.
Tuition rates are set by the University of Virginia and vary by residency status (see this link for details: https://summer.virginia.edu/tuition-and-fees-2020). For Virginia residents, total field-school tuition for 6 credits is $2,442 for undergraduates and $2,820 for graduate students. For non-residents, tuition is $8,957 for undergraduates and $5,724 for graduate students. All students accepted into the field school will receive scholarships from Monticello worth half the tuition charge.
Room and Board
Air conditioned housing at the University of Virginia is available to Students at an estimated cost of $41 per night or roughly $287 per week for a single room. Meals are available at an additional cost through University dining services, or students can choose to prepare their own meals. Numerous summer sublets are also available in Charlottesville, but students will need to make their own arrangements.
Send a one-page cover letter that outlines your interest in archaeology and a CV or resume that contains the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. The application deadline is April 6, 2020. You can email your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. The snail mail address is:
Monticello-University of Virginia Archaeological Field School