Jul 242005

This is Sara Bon-Harper, archaeologicial research manager at Monticello

You might have thought that scholars knew everything there was to know about Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s famous home. But, after an exhaustive survey conducted in 1997,
archaeologists have identified over twenty previously unrecorded plantation sites. Many of these sites are former slave settlements, and this past June, we spoke with Sara Bon-Harper, Monticello’s Archaeological Research Manager. In this eight minute feature, she explains how these sites were identified and describes what’s being discovered at Site 8, a settlement of slaves active from the 1770s to the 1790s.

This piece was commissioned by Monticello to help inaugurate their podcast site. If you are interested in learning more about how podcasting can help boost the profile of your non-profit, school or institution, please drop us a line at seantubbs (at) gmail.com.

  2 Responses to “Uncovering the Vanished Monticello Plantation”

  1. I am so glad that the Monticello Foundation finally put the idea to rest that Thomas Jefferson was involved in fathering any slave children. He is our greatest President and I hated to see his name being dragged through the mud, when in fact, there is no link between him and Sally Hemmings. We know that he is not the father of any of her children now, and I am so glad that the foundation is protecting his name and his property. She was only a slave that he owned, she was property, not special in any way. People can finally put this to rest once and for all.

  2. Wow. What a disillusioned person you are! The mere fact that he was a president who owned slaves is bad enough. His name should already by dragged through the mud.
    White men fathering children with slaves is how/why the black race is of many shades. Poor thing. I know that you and others, want to remove, hide or change the events of history that would make whites, in your eyes, look “bad”. I mean, you’re the same people who proclaim that Christopher Columbus discovered America (Your assignment for today: Do some DEEP Christopher Columbus research). You can’t handle the ugly side about WHITE history in America.

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