Alternative Spring Break 2014--Archaeology at Montpelier
Information on the Spring 2014 Excavation Project
Excavations in the for March 16-22 are focused on the well-preserved 18th and early 19th century sites we have located in wooded portions of the property through metal detector surveys during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Right now we are currently conducting more intensive surveys (metal detector and shovel test pit) at these sites to determine the most productive place to location excavation units. In March and April, we will be excavating 5ft x 5ft units at these various sites—these will the subject of the programs described below. We recently received a National Geographic Grant for this set of surveys and excavations. For more information on these surveys, see the following (http://www.montpelier.org/content/national-geographic-grant-archaeology). During the Spring 2014 excavations, archaeology team members will be looking for and excavating remains of 18th century structures, work yards, and discovering a myriad of ceramics, glasswares, and other objects used and owned by the Madison slaves at Montpelier.