Matthew B. Reeves, Ph.D.


Director of Archaeology

Matt has been the Director of Archaeology since 2000 and is in charge of the overall archaeological research at James Madison’s Montpelier. Serving as the principal investigator for archaeology on the property, in the field school Matt gives a number of the lectures and works with the field director to ensure that the field school is working towards the over-arching research design.

Over the past two decades, Matt’s research has focused on plantation life and Civil War encampments with an overall focus on sites of the African Diaspora (both pre- and post-emancipation). Prior to being the Director of Archaeology at Montpelier, he directed projects at Manassas National Battlefield Park, Jefferson Patterson Park, various New York DOT projects, and has worked on a wide variety of historic and prehistoric sites in Maryland, Virginia, New York, and Jamaica. His doctorate is from Syracuse University and focused on the19th-century slave settlements, in Jamaica, that he spent two years surveying and excavating.


Favorite Quote

"Veritas non verba magistri."

— James Madison, 1828

"Truth, not the words of teachers."

Contact Information


Telephone: +1 (540) 672-2728 x160


Director of Archaeology