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Dr. Barbara J. Heath

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  • Ph.D. 1988, American Civilization with specialization in Historical Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania.
  • M.A. 1983, American Civilization with specialization in Historical Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania.
  • B.A. 1982, Anthropology, The College of William and Mary.

Research Interests

Archaeological method and theory, historical archaeology of eastern North America and the Caribbean, archaeology of the African diaspora, colonialism, historic landscapes, material culture, public archaeology and interpretation, Thomas Jefferson.

Selected Publications

2015 Poplar Forest, Virginia (United States).  In The Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia, Karen Bescherer Metheny and Mary Beaudry, editors, pp. 414-415. Rowman & Littlefield.

McMillan, Lauren K., D. Brad Hatch and Barbara J. Heath. 2015. Dating and Chronology at the John Hallowes Site (44WM6), Westmoreland County, Virginia. Northeast Historical Archaeology 43:18-36.

Hatch, D. Brad, Barbara J. Heath and Lauren K. McMillan. 2014. Reassessing the Hallowes Site: Conflict and Settlement in the 17th-century Potomac Valley. Historical Archaeology 48(4):46-75.

Heath, Barbara J. 2013. Landscape Archaeology at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. In Sourcebook for Garden Archaeology: Methods, Techniques, Interpretations and Field Examples, edited by Aichal Malek, pp.697-706. Peter Lang AG /Fondation des Parcs et Jardins de France, Bern.

Jefferson’s Poplar Forest: Unearthing a Virginia Plantation. (Barbara J. Heath and Jack Gary, editors). 2012.University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Assessing Variability among Quartering Sites in Virginia. (Heath, Barbara J. and Eleanor Breen). 2012. Northeast Historical Archaeology 38:1-28 (2009).

Memory, Race and Place: African American Landscapes at Poplar Forest. (Barbara J.Heath and Lori A. Lee). 2010. History Compass 8(12):1352-1368.

Space and Place within Plantation Quarters in Virginia, 1700-1825. Cabin, Quarter, Plantation: Architecture and Landscapes of North American Slavery (Clifton Ellis and Rebecca Ginsburg, editors). 2010. Yale University Press.

Current Research in Australia and New Zealand, An Overview. (Alistair G. Paterson and Barbara J. Heath). 2009. Historical Archaeology 43(3):112-118.

‘The little spots allow’d them’: The Archaeological Study of African-American Yards. (Barbara J. Heath and Amber M. Bennett). 2009. Perspectives from Historical Archaeology: African Diaspora Archaeology edited by Nicholas Honercamp. The Society for Historical Archaeology.

Thomas Jefferson’s Landscape of Retirement. Post-Medieval Estate Landscapes: Design, Improvement and Power, (Jonathan Finch and Kate Giles, editors). 2007. The Society for Post Medieval Archaeology Monograph no. 4. Boydell & Brewer, Ltd., Woodbridge.

Engendering Choice: Slavery and Consumerism in Central Virginia. Engendering African American Archaeology, (Amy Young and Jillian Galle, editors). 2004. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville.


Dr. Barbara Heath

Contact Information

Dr. Barbara J. Heath
Associate Professor
250 South Stadium Hall
Knoxville, Tennessee

Phone: 865-974-4408