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Feb. 2, 2009

Archaeologist to Discuss Life on Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Plantation

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Later this month, an archaeologist at Thomas Jefferson’s historic home of Monticello in Charlottesville, Va., will speak at Smith College about the use of the late president’s plantation by the estate’s residents, both free and enslaved.

Sara Bon-Harper, archeological research manager, will lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in McConnell Hall, Room 103, about “Defined Spaces: Landscape on the Monticello Plantation.” The event is sponsored by the Program in Archaeology and the Lecture Committee and is free and open to the public.

Bon-Harper’s work at Monticello focuses on an archaeological survey of the original 5,000-acre plantation and the excavation of slaves’ domestic quarters. The research relies on the development of innovative research design and spatial analysis.

Specifically, she will offer her analysis of excavation data from Monticello’s Site 8, the location of several domestic quarters for enslaved field workers.

In addition to her work at Monticello, Bon-Harper is a consulting scholar on the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project, exploring Etruscan settlements in Tuscany, Italy. Her work on that project has centered on the rural ceramic production site of Podere Funghi.

Bon-Harper earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and classics at the University of Arizona, and her doctoral degree in anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Smith College educates women of promise for lives of distinction. One of the largest women’s colleges in the United States, Smith enrolls 2,800 students from nearly every state and 62 other countries.

For information about disability access or to request accommodations, call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter specifically, call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail All requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the event.


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