Montpelier Archaeology Certificate Program
The Metal-Detector Expedition is the latest archaeological program offered by Montpelier. Designed for metal-detector specialists and hobbyists, the program serves to introduce the significance of archaeological methods such as gridded surveys, density plots to define site concentrations, and a deeper understanding of the past. The Montpelier Foundation's Archaeology Department is developing leading-edge methodology for involving the metal detector community in the use of metal detectors as a remote-sensing device to locate and protect sites. One of the main emphasizes during the week-long training program is the importance of site context for individual finds.
While participating in the program, you will stay in the antebellum plantation house known as Arlington House. There are other more individualized housing options on the property for an extra charge or there is the option of local B&Bs.
We have four program dates available. The first two follow a Friday through Monday schedule--Arrive on Thursday evening and leave on Monday evening or Tuesday morning:
The second two are Monday through Friday (arrive on Sunday night and leave on Saturday morning)
During the expedition, you will be involved in two types of surveys using a mapped grid across the landscape:
During the week-long program, participants will learn how finds are conserved, catalogued, and curated as part of the Archaeological Collections of James Madison’s Montpelier. For an example information packet, see the following link.
For more information about how to participate in this program, please contact Matthew Reeves, Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (540) 672-2728 x 160.
Metal detectorist participant and staff archaeologists working together to record metal hits at quarter for field slaves.
"It was an honor just to be on the site that was walked by President Madison and so many esteemed and famous Americans. More than anything else, I was humbled by the experience and came away with an understanding of what archaeology does for history."
— Metal-Detector Expedition participant
For a more in-depth video on our collaboration between archaeologists and metal detectorists, check the following link: