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Thursday, May 14th – Speakers Series on the Hill- ONLINE 

Speaker: Elizabeth Sawyer
Unearthing the Past: Archaeological Research at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Thomas Jefferson, his family, white workmen, and enslaved workers comprised a diverse community at Monticello, Jefferson’s plantation in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Monticello Archaeology Department conducts research exploring the plantation landscape to better understand the dynamics of this community and how it changed over time. Mrs. Sawyer will discuss how archaeologists conduct excavations and analysis; recent findings from projects near the Monticello mansion and the homes of enslaved field workers; and what we can learn about the lives of people in the past through archaeological investigations.

Elizabeth Sawyer is a graduate of The College of William and Mary with 15+ years of experience working at archaeology sites in Virginia and Massachusetts. She currently works as an archaeological analyst at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and is active with the Council of Virginia Archaeologists, serving as the secretary and the co-chair of their Public Education Committee.