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Dr. Barbara J. Heath

See Also: 2015 Field School at Coan Hall | Historical Archeology Lab | Engaging the Piedmont


  • 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

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.

Hidden Lives: The Archaeology of Slave Life at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest. 1999. The University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Buttons, Beads and Buckles: Self-Definition within the Bounds of Slavery. Historical Archaeology, Identity Formation and the Interpretation of Ethnicity, (Maria Franklin and Garrett R. Fesler, editors). 1999. Colonial Williamsburg Research Publications, Dietz Press, Richmond.

Nineteenth-century Small Farms and Plantations. The Archaeology of 19th-Century Virginia, (John H. Sprinkle and Theodore R. Reinhart, editors). 1999. Special Publication No.36 of the Archeological Society of Virginia. Dietz Press, Richmond.

Yabbas, Monkeys, Jugs and Jars: Local Pottery Production and Its Meaning. In African Sites:  Archaeology in the Caribbean, (Jay B. Haviser, editor). 1999. Markus Wiener Publishers, Princeton, New Jersey.

“Your Humble Servant”:  Free Artisans in the Monticello Community. I, too, am America:  Archaeological Studies of African-American Life, (Theresa A. Singleton, editor). 1999. University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Archaeology and Interpretation at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and Poplar Forest. Presenting Archaeology to the Public: Digging for Truths, (John H. Jameson, editor). 1997. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek.

Temper, temper: Recent Scholarship on Colonoware in Eighteenth-Century Virginia. The Archaeology of Eighteenth-Century Virginia, ( Theodore R. Reinhart, editor). 1996.  Special Publication No. 35 of the Archeological Society of Virginia, Dietz Press, Richmond.

Dr. Barbara Heath

Contact Information

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

Phone: 865-974-4408