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Jul 18, 2017

Archaeology Field School Week 5

by Georgia Delamar Public archaeology was the topic this week for field school students at Poplar Forest. The students were able to gain first hand experience in public archaeology during the Independence Day Celebration. Visitors stopped by the Braxton archaeological site to ask questions and watch the students dig. Children seemed most interested in screening […]


Jul 12, 2017

Archaeological Field School Week 4

This week’s lessons focused on the landscape of Poplar Forest Field. Field school students had lectures and readings on various topics related to understanding and interpreting Thomas Jefferson’s retreat home grounds. Among these topics were pollen analysis, animal remains, and soil chemistry- all helpful in understanding the agricultural aspect of this property. Also discussed was […]


Jul 5, 2017

Archaeological Field School Week 3

By Katie Harris This week’s lectures and field work have revolved around the ways archaeology can fill the holes in our knowledge regarding the culture and personal lives of those enslaved in America. Thomas Jefferson’s views on slavery and his treatment of his own slaves have been well studied. But what was life like from […]


Jun 23, 2017

Archaeological Field School Week 2

By Savannah Weaver This week’s topic for the Field School students at Poplar Forest was material culture. Material culture deals with artifacts, landscapes, buildings, and even words, all of which have been shaped by humans as forms of expression. Artifacts tell us which items were commonly used in a specific time period, how they were […]


Jun 20, 2017

Field School 2017 Week One

By Adam Macbeth 2017 Summer Research Intern   Poplar Forest’s 2017 field school began on a rainy June 5th. The students spent the first day receiving a tour of the retreat house and lectures on proper field technique. Excavations began early on Tuesday morning with students eager to break ground.   The aim of this […]


May 9, 2017

Masonry Stoves of Thomas Jefferson

By J. Ogborne When Poplar Forest archaeologists excavated the area that had once been the kitchen in Jefferson’s Wing of Offices, they found two cast iron grates. The kitchen, and the Wing of Offices around it, had been demolished by the subsequent owners and replaced with two smaller and unconnected outbuildings to serve as cooking […]


Jul 5, 2013

Field School Week 5: Happy 4th of July!

By: Joshua Ritzman and Anne Poulos This week we continued working at Sites A and B, the potential location of a slave cabin and a stable. Remains of the building’s structure is evident in the amount of brick and nails that are being found through the course of digging and screening. At Site A we […]


Jan 30, 2014

January Internship at Poplar Forest

My name is Amanda Phelps, and I am the archaeology lab intern for January 2014. I am a senior at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Museum Studies. After I graduate this upcoming May, I plan on either going to graduate school or working in archaeology, preferably […]


Jun 6, 2014

2014 Field School Week 1

By: Keisha Stoots On a sunny June morning, the 2014 Archaeology Field School students began our six week course at Poplar Forest. During this initial week, we focused on locating the area where the carriage turn around in front of the main house met the straight road that led to the larger, circular road surrounding […]


Jun 13, 2014

Field School Week 2

by Samantha Fagone Week 2 of the Archaeology and Field school was full of new material as well as excitement for the upcoming field trip to Monticello that was to take place on Tuesday.  On Monday, we began to learn more about the different ceramics and glassware that were common at Poplar Forest through not […]


Jun 24, 2014

Field School Week 3

By Emily Patton Smith Week 3 has seen an end to our relatively agreeable weather, as both heat and humidity—and an occasional afternoon thunderstorm—become more commonplace. However, our efforts are beginning to pay off as Jefferson’s carriage turnaround slowly materializes under our trowels. The exterior perimeter of the turnaround is now more clearly visible (though […]


Jun 27, 2014

Field School Week 4

By: Ryan Hodges Field Work: As we continue to uncover more of the carriage turnaround we are revealing much more of the area where we may potentially be able to see the curvature of the circle. We have opened up a great grouping of four units in the central part of the turnaround, toward the […]