The Montpelier Archaeology Expedition programs offer interested members of the public a week-long opportunity to become a member of the archaeological research team. Expeditions have been offered for more than two decades with many of the same volunteers returning year after year.
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.
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. For an additional fee, you may also opt to stay in a luxurious local B&B. For photos of Arlington, click on the following link: Photos of Arlington House.
The Montpelier Archaeology Department offers three program experiences: