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The Montpelier Archaeology Department has hosted field schools for thirty-six years, 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, offered once annually, and is available with* or without course credit. While Montpelier manages both Native American and historic sites, the field school focuses on the historical 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 residence 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 techniques and tools (e.g. total station), and will be trained in digital data collection techniques including: ESRI's Arc Field Maps, digital mapping, and mobile photogrammetry.
The Montpelier Foundation offers scholarships for African American students. For more details, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and ask about scholarship opportunities for African American students.
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 cost for the field school in 2023 is $700. Final cost for the 2024 field school has not yet been determined. Participants not taking it for credit, which can be arranged through those two schools, will owe an additional $200 fee.
Accepted students will need to pay either the full fee or a $100 deposit within a certain period of time to secure their spaces (scholarship recipients will be refunded, for paying students this will go toward their total fee). Students staying in the onsite housing at Arlington House need to pay a $50 housing deposit, refunded at the end of the program as long as there is no damage.
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We will be holding an informational Zoom meeting about the next Field School sometime in early 2024.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.