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CVHR Meeting (October 4, 2018): Recent Archaeological Research at Monticello

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

Bea Arendt, Curator of Archaeological Collections, and Crystal Ptacek, Archaeological Field Research Manager, from the Monticello Archaeology Department, brought us up to date on recent archaeological research on the mountaintop.  They highlighted the excavation of Sites 6 and 8, domestic sites occupied by enslaved field laborers in the early 19th century and late 18th century.  They also told us about recent discoveries in the first Monticello kitchen in the lower level of the South Pavilion, where enslaved cooks Ursula Granger, James Hemings, and Peter Hemings prepared meals between 1770 and 1809.