Site 03 - Slave Quarter [ View Interactive Version ]
Site 3 is an archaeological site identified by Monticello's Department of Archaeology in 1997. Although there is no documentary evidence of its existence, archaeologists identified the site through a concentration of ceramic sherds and other domestic artifacts uncovered during the Monticello Plantation Archaeological Survey. These artifacts date the site to Jefferson's lifetime and beyond. Located just south of the main east-west farm road at Monticello, Site 3 appears to have been a settlement of enslaved laborers who most likely worked in nearby agricultural fields. Its situation along the edge of relatively steep ravine indicates that it was purposefully located on the periphery of an agricultural field. This suggests that the site was occupied following the switch to grain-based cultivation at Monticello in the early 1790s.