Montpelier Metal Detecting Programs

Tier 1

Montpelier has begun a set of outreach programs geared towards engaging metal detectorists with the goals and values of archaeological research and preservation. The first of these programs began in March 2012 and featured 12 metal detectorists who spent a week at Montpelier learning how to use a metal detector as a remote sensing device.  During this week, these detectorists worked one-on-one with Montpelier's professional archaeology staff on surveying a section of the properties woodlots for archaeological sites.  As a result of this gridded survey, we located four previously unknown slave quarters and an area of woods originally zoned for timber thinning is now under protection.  Another part of the program was conducting survey to define the concentrations of nails and metal objects at a known slave site (by only marking hits). The results from this survey guided our  placement of excavation units in the summer of 2012 as part of a NEH-funded study of the Montpelier enslaved community.

This program has been vetted by the Society for Historical Archaeology and information is featured on the following blog: Montpelier Metal Detecting Experiment

To see more regarding this program play the following video that summarizes this event:

To find out more about our programs that we will be running in 2013, see the following link: Archaeological Metal Detector Programs at Montpelier



Group shot from March 2012 Archaeological Metal detecting course

Archaeology staff member working with two metal detector participants during gridded metal detector survey in woods.