Monticello Archaeological Field School

Fraser Neiman (fn9r@POE.ACC.VIRGINIA.EDU)
Tue, 26 Mar 1996 19:38:20 -0500

Hi Folks,

Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested. Thanks.

Fraser Neiman

The 12th Annual
Archaeological Field School at


Sponsored by the University of Virginia

Four week session: June 17-July 12 (4 Credits)
Six week session: June 17-July 26 (6 Credits)

Monticello's Department of Archaeology and the University of
Virginia's Division of Continuing Education are pleased to offer an
archaeological field school with four and six-week sessions during the
summer of 1996 at Monticello.

The field school will teach the fundamentals of survey and
excavation techniques in historical archaeology, their
methodological motivation, and the substantive issues in early
Virginia history addressed by archaeological evidence. The field
school offers credit to both graduate and undergraduate students
and opportunities for teachers seeking relicensure in the social
studies content area. Students enrolled in the four-week session
may earn 4 credits, while those seeking 6 credits may enroll for an
additional 2 weeks of study.

In the summer of 1996, fieldwork will focus on components of the
greater Monticello plantation complex, including a small outlying slave
quarter that documents indicate was occupied by Elizabeth Hemings
(c.1735-1807). Hemings, her children, and grandchildren held key roles at
Monticello as enslaved artisans and domestic workers.

The 1996 summer program is part of an ongoing effort to understand
better Thomas Jefferson, the individuals, both enslaved and free, who
labored at Monticello, and the plantation society they created. The field
school offers participants a unique opportunity to contribute to this
effort at one of America's most significant and visible history museums.
For more information, VISIT MONTICELLO'S WEB SITE AT

The Program
Students will learn archaeological survey, excavation, and
recording techniques, including the characterization of
archaeological sediments and of artifact spatial distributions.
Students will have an opportunity to process and identify excavated
artifacts from the Colonial and Early American Periods. They will
be introduced to the fundamental relationships between field
techniques and the archaeologist's ability to make and evaluate
inferences about history. On-site instruction, lectures, and
discussion sessions at Monticello will be complemented by field
trips to related sites. Participants will attend classes 40
hours/week, with the bulk of that time spent on site where physical
endurance is essential. Reading assignments, lectures, and seminar
sessions will cover both technical and historical issues. Most
weekends are free for individual travel.

The course will be taught by Dr. Fraser Neiman, Director of
the Department of Archaeology at Monticello, and by the
Department's staff. Guest lecturers include Professor Julie Stein,
University of Washington (archaeological sediments); Dr. Joanne
Bowen, Department of Archaeological Research, Colonial Williamsburg
Foundation (faunal analysis); Professor Camille Wells, University
of Virginia (Virginia architecture).

Current tuition for students is $141 per credit (in-state) and
$201 per credit (out-of-state). Tuition rates are expected to
increase slightly in the 1996 academic year. The Board of Visitors
of the University of Virginia will make a final decision regarding
tuition rates in the spring of 1995.

Monticello Archaeological Scholarships
All participants in the field school will receive a Monticello
Archaeological Scholarship from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Foundation. This is a tuition grant that covers one half of the
total tuition charge. Thus participants pay only half of the
standard tuition for the course.

Room and Board
Air-conditioned housing will be provided to participants at
an estimated cost of $80-100 per week at the University of
Virginia. Meals are available at additional cost through university
dining services of students can chose to prepare their own meals.

Selection Process
Applicants will be selected upon submission of the enclosed
application form, resume, statement, and two letters of
recommendation. Enrollment is limited to 25 participants.
Previous experience in archaeology is desirable, but is not a
requirement for admission.

With application form please include:
* One-page resume.
* Statement of personal and professional reasons for wanting to
participate (no more than one page).
* Two completed recommendation forms in envelopes sealed by the
referee (duplicate the form at right).

Note: Participants desiring transfer credit for a degree program
must obtain prior approval from the institution at which the credit
is to be used.

Mail applications to:
Monticello Archaeological Field School
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation
Box 316
Charlottesville VA 22902

QUESTIONS? Contact Ms. Erika Gentry (804) 984-9864.
Application Form -- Monticello Archaeological Field School

Name _______________________________________________




I am applying for the following session (check one):
____June 17-July 12 (4 credits) ____June 17-July 26 (6 credits)
Recommendation Form -- Monticello Archaeological Field School

To the referee: Please return this form in a sealed envelope to the
applicant for submission with the rest of the field school
application. Thank you for your assistance.

Applicant's Name _____________________________________

Referee's Name________________________________________

Referee's Address_____________________________________


Referee's Telephone (w)_______________(h)_____________

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On a separate page, please describe:
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