"A fascinating report on cutting edge historical archaeology that ties the written record together with the archaeological findings to produce a much clearer picture of what life at an important Virginia plantation was like in the early years of the republic."
"Adds to our understanding of the complex and often-fluid relationships between master and slave, as well as master and landscape, and the implications of an increasingly accessible marketplace of both goods and ideologies. Jefferson's Poplar Forest will stand as a benchmark as the field of plantation archaeology, and indeed interdisciplinary studies, continues to evolve."
--Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
"The authors present rich interpretations based on the available data and offer insightful questions to guide future research at Poplar Forest and other Virginia plantations."
“The everyday, seemingly unremarkable artifacts of life as it was lived at Poplar Forest provide perhaps some of the most powerful evidence for a new kind of understanding of the third president and, to some extent, late 18th and early 19th century plantation life… a book that truly does discover ‘something new’ about Jefferson by placing him in the kind of context his writings do not always do.”
--Northeast Historical Archaeology
Barbara Heath and Jack Gary have assembled a comprehensive volume on recent archaeological work at a prominent Piedmont plantation . . . Jefferson’s Poplar Forest: Unearthing a Virginia Plantation is a cohesive and well-conceived volume that will be of use to historical archaeologists studying similar resources.