History in your Hand: Finding a James Madison Wine Bottle Seal

Terry P. Brock

June 11, 2015 -- Montpelier archeologists discovered a James Madison Wine Bottle Seal this past week, a discovery that sheds light on the lives of the Madisons and the enslaved community at Montpelier. 

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.

The Archaeology Department Heads to Seattle!!

Terry P. Brock

December 31, 2014 - Next week, Montpelier's Archaeology Department will head to Seattle, Washington to participate in the Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meetings!

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.

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.