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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. The Department is home to the Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery, an Internet-based initiative designed to foster collaborative research and data sharing among archaeologists. The Department also houses extensive artifact collections from past and ongoing archaeological fieldwork at Monticello.


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October 5, 2019
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Mulberry Row
by Susan Stein
Building upon more than 50 years of archaeological investigation and documentary research, Monticello staff is now in the process of interpreting and restoring Mulberry Row . Lined with more than 20...More >>
Visitors view the Betty Hemings Site.
by Fraser D. Neiman
First Archaeology Workshop Tours Monticello Mountain Monticello’s archaeologists hosted the first in a series of four Archaeology Workshops on Saturday, April 23. Visitors joined archaeology staff...More >>
by Fraser D. Neiman
Everyone knows that archaeologists dig. But it is less widely appreciated that just how they dig and what they find varies with the kinds of questions they ask and the assumptions they make. Two...More >>
by Fraser D. Neiman
As we saw last time , Oriel Pi-Sunyer conducted the first serious archaeogical fieldwork on Mulberry Row in 1957. He relied on an excavation method called cross trenching, whose main goal was finding...More >>
by Fraser D. Neiman
In the third and final posting this series, we’ll briefly consider how the intellectual legacies of the New Archaeology affect current archaeological practice and our approach to the reanalysis of Pi...More >>
Chinking with hand
by Christina Regelski
If only we could showcase everything ! An upcoming exhibition will contain ten panels that investigate the people, buildings, and industries of Mulberry Row. Sadly, reality dictates that only dozens...More >>
A Padlock, matching one found on Mulberry Row
by Fraser D. Neiman
Over the past two months, Monticello’s archaeologists have discovered two previously unknown archaeological sites that were once the homes of slaves who lived at Tufton, about a mile and a quarter...More >>
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by Fraser D. Neiman
Earlier this year, Monticello's archaeology team located the remains of a previously undocumented building on Mulberry Row. The new find consists of a brick paving that served as the floor of a log...More >>
Monticello archaeologists are excavating 5-foot quadrats in the area marked
by Fraser D. Neiman
On Monday September 17, the archaeology department began the final phase of excavation required to support the Foundation’s exciting plans to restore Jefferson’s Kitchen Road. In the first decades of...More >>
Figure 1: Geoarchaeological consultant Dan Hayes takes copious notes.
by Karen Smith
Over the past several weeks, our ongoing archaeological excavations to advance the Kitchen Road Restoration Project have yielded several important discoveries (for an introduction to the Kitchen Road...More >>


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