Archaeological Collections

Research & Collections


The Montpelier Archaeology Department does much more than excavate sites.  All of the artifacts located through the course of excavations are brought to the lab to be washed, conserved, identified, catalogued, and restored.  We have amassed a collections of hundreds of thousands of artifacts that range from restored ceramics, personal items, architectural hardware, and animal remains.  To examine the range of artifacts we have recovered at various sites, please visit our the archaeology sites page and click on the artifacts link at each site.  We are currently building this portion of the website, so we have not finished all sites yet. For an example page, see the Stable Quarter.


Bisque porcelain figure head recovered from the South Yard.

Image courtesy of the Virtual Curation Laboratory @ VCU.

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Restoring ceramics from the South Yard

Melba Meyers restoring a Bamboo and Peony plate from one of the slave quarters at Montpelier