We are now accepting applications for our 2021 field school. If you have an interest in applying for the 2021 field school, please click on the registration button below. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Montpelier Archaeology Department has hosted field schools for more than two decades, beginning in 1987 with James Madison University. The program has grown to include students from a variety of universities, spanning the US and abroad.
The Archaeology Field School at James Madison’s Montpelier is one month long, and is offered one time annually and is available with* or without course credit. While Montpelier manages both prehistoric and historic sites, the field school focuses on the historic archaeology of the 18th and 19th centuries.
The field school is an intensive course designed to give students training in field and laboratory techniques. Students are housed at our intern house on the property, and will be introduced to the archaeological method through practical experience while engaged in unit excavations (Phase II and III). Students will also be introduced to survey tools (laser transit) and their use in topographic surveys and establishing a grid.
The Montpelier Foundation offers scholarships for African American students and recent graduates. Scroll down on this page to see more details.
Students who have participated in the Archaeology Field School are also invited to apply for competitive internships (including paid internships). See the Montpelier Internships page for more information on these opportunities. The fee for the field school includes on-site housing.
*The Montpelier Archaeology Field School is accredited through James Madison University and SUNY Plattsburgh.
The Montpelier Archaeology Department offers paid internships. In order to qualify for an internship, you MUST attend the Montpelier Archaeology Field School. These paid internships include full employee benefits and free housing on the property. Up to five, year-long interns (3 or 4 field interns and 1 or 2 lab interns) will be selected near the end of the field school from our current Field School as well as other applicants who apply and have attended the Montpelier Archaeology Field School previously.
For those who have not previously attended our field school, you MUST apply, be accepted, and attend a Montpelier Field School to be considered for the year-long internships. For those who have previously attended the Montpelier Field School and want to apply for year-long internships, please email us at email@example.com for details.
Field School Scholarships
The Montpelier Foundation offers scholarships for African American students and recent graduates to attend the archaeology field school. This scholarship waves the housing and equipment cost associated with the program. It does not cover travel, food, or tuition expenses. However, students can take the course for no-credit and the no-credit fee would be waived as well. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.