Alternative Spring Break 2015--Archaeology at Montpelier

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Beginner and Advanced Spring Break Archaeology Field Schools

The Montpelier Spring Break Expedition Field Schools are designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in archaeology or looking to widen their archaeological experience. During these week-long programs, students will work alongside Montpelier's archaeology staff excavating and surveying portions of the Montpelier landscape. Each program is designed to give participants exclusive hands-on experience in excavation and post-excavation analysis of archaeological materials. You will work side-by-side with a staff of eight trained, professional archaeologists, which means you will be working on real sites—sensitive features, artifacts, and deposits that have been buried for centuries and that the public would usually not get to experience. In addition to digging at artifact-rich sites, you will also engage in lectures, and take "insider" tours of the archaeological sites and the mansion.

Two programs are scheduled, coinciding with Virginia Spring Breaks:

  • Session #1-March 8-13, 2015

  • Session #2-March 15-20, 2015

The field school program is two different experiences held congruently. The first is for undergraduate students or young professionals who have a possible interest in studying archaeology. This shortened field school program will be an excellent primer for students curious about the discipline or wanting additional field experience. The second is an advance level field school for students who have already taken a field school or are attending graduate school. This program focuses on specific skills including directing metal detector survey, examining site strata, and public archaelogy.

To learn more about these specific programs, visit these links:

Courses are accredited through James Madison University. 

Arlington House

During your Expedition, you will have the special opportunity of staying at a converted antebellum plantation house right on the grounds of Montpelier with other Expedition participants.  Click on the following link for Photos of Arlington House.

Please contact Matthew Reeves, Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration, for more information about 2014 programs at dig@montpelier.org or 540.672.2728 x160.

 

We have numerous other dates for archaeology programs throughout the year (spring, summer and fall), click here for more information. 

 

 

Archaeologists surveying sites on Chicken Mountain. This particular site is a potential barn complex.

Participants mending 18th century plate from a Madison-era slave quarter at Montpelier.