• Return to the South Yard: Locating the Montpelier Smokehouses

    Terry P. Brock, PhD

    March 24, 2015 - This season, the Montpelier Archaeology Department will begin excavations in the South Yard, looking for the two smokehouses identified on an 1837 Insurance Map.

  • Metal Detecting the Madison Stable

    Matthew Reeves

    November 26, 2014.  Our most recent metal detector expedition conducted a survey at the area shown on the 1837 insurance map as being the location for the Madison-era stable.  We had some fantastic results...read more to see what we found!

  • The Elusive Dairy...

    Terry P. Brock

    September 9, 2014 - Archaeologists this summer have been looking for Madison's dairy house, and have a number of new surprising discoveries!

  • Fall and Winter Archaeology Expeditions Starting!

    Terry P. Brock

    September 4, 2014 - The Montpelier Archaeology Department is pleased to announce open enrollment for Excavation, Metal Detecting, and Cabin Reconstruction Expeditions!

  • Discovering the 18th Century Landscape at Montpelier, Part I

    Terry P. Brock

    August 21, 2014 - The discovery of an 18th century landscape wall by our archaeology team has shed a new light on the 18th and 19th century landscape at Montpelier.

  • Expanding Our Search: More Excavations at the Southwest Yard

    Terry Brock

    July 14, 2014 - Our summer excavations continue their investigations of the Southwest Yard of the Montpelier Mansion, revealing additional features relating to Madison's 18th and 19th century landscape.

  • Analyzing Animal Bones from Four Slave Quarters at Montpelier

    Chance Copperstone

    July 6, 2014 - Over the past ten months, Chance Copperstone, an Applied Archaeology M.A. student at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, has been analyzing the animal bone recovered from the Stable Quarter, South Yard, Tobacco Barn Quarter and the Field Quarter.

  • Discovering the Enslaved Diet: Analyzing Seeds and Charred Wood

    Samantha Henderson

    June 21, 2014.  This winter and spring Archaeologist Sam Henderson has spent her time analyzing plant remains collected from the three early 19th century slave quarters excavated at Montpelier as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

  • An Unexpected Turn: New Archaeological Discoveries at Montpelier

    Terry Brock

    June 9, 2014 - Last week, Montpelier archaeologists made an exciting discovery that  changes our understanding of the Montpelier landscape  and reveals new questions to investigate!

  • Back at the Mansion: Searching for Madison's Dairy

    Terry Brock

    Wrapping up the winter metal detecting expeditions atop Chicken Mountain, Montpelier Archaeology returns to the mansion in hopes of learning how the plantation landscape changed after James and Dolley returned to Montpelier from Washington.