Topic ID #39244 - posted 3/1/2018 12:08 PM

Monticello - University of Virginia Archaeology Field School


Archaeology of Chesapeake Slavery and Landscape
Anthropology 5589

6 credits

Monticello's Department of Archaeology and the University of Virginia are pleased to offer a six-week archaeological field school at Monticello from June 4 through July 13, 2018. The program offers six credits to undergraduate and graduate students through the University of Virginia's College of Arts and Sciences. 

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.

The focus of our field research in 2018 is Site 6, a domestic site that was home to enslaved field laborers in the early-nineteenth century, after the transition to wheat. 

The course does not assume students have previous archaeological field experience. An introductory course in archaeology will be helpful, but is not mandatory. Archaeological fieldwork is very demanding. Students should be in good physical condition and enjoy sustained, strenuous teamwork. 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 the field school.  

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition rates are set by the University of Virginia and vary by residency status (see this link for details:  For Virginia residents, total field-school tuition for 6 credits is $2,316 for undergraduates and $2,634 for graduate students. For non-residents, tuition is $8,364 for undergraduates and $5,340 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.

To Apply

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 16, 2018. You can email your application to The snail mail address is: 

Monticello-University of Virginia Archaeological Field School
P.O. Box 316
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

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