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Barbara Heath

August 20, 2010

Barbara J. Heath

Barbara J. Heath

Barbara J. Heath, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, has just received a three-year Collaborative Research Grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities for her project “Engaging the Piedmont: Transitions in Virginia Slavery 1730-1790.” Her work is also funded under the NEH “We the People” program, “which encourages and strengthens the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture.” For her research, Heath will excavate and analyze the archeological remains of 18th-century slave communities in the Virginia Piedmont.

Only 22 of these extremely competitive awards were announced in 2010. Heath’s grant of $240,000 exceeded all but two of these awards and comprises nearly 7 percent of the NEH’s total expenditures in their Collaborative Research Grants program.

Selected Publications

2010.  Space and Place within Plantation Quarters in Virginia, 1700-1825. In Cabin, Quarter, Plantation: Architecture and Landscapes of North American Slavery, edited by Clifton Ellis and Rebecca Ginsburg. Yale University Press, pp. 156-176.

2007. Thomas Jefferson’s Landscape of Retirement. In Post-Medieval Estate Landscapes: Design, Improvement and Power, edited by Jonathan Finch and Kate Giles. The Society for Post Medieval Archaeology Monograph no. 4.  Boydell & Brewer, Ltd., Woodbridge pp. 129-147.

2004. Engendering Choice: Slavery and Consumerism in Central Virginia. In Engendering African American Archaeology, edited by Jillian Galle and Amy Young. University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, pp. 19-38.

2000 (with Amber Bennett). ‘The little spots allow’d them’: The Archaeological Study of African-American Yards. Historical Archaeology 34(2):38–55.

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

1999. Yabbas, Monkeys, Jugs, and Jars: Local Pottery Production and Its Meaning. In African Sites: Archaeology in the Caribbean, edited by Jay B. Haviser. Markus Wiener Publishers, Princeton, pp. 196-220.

1999. “Your Humble Servant”: Free Artisans in the Monticello Community. In I, too, Am America: Archaeological Studies of African-American Life, edited by Theresa A. Singleton. University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, pp.193-217.

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