• Discovering the Enslaved Diet: Analyzing Seeds and Charred Wood

    Samantha Henderson

    June 21, 2014.  This winter and spring Archaeologist Sam Henderson has spent her time analyzing plant remains collected from the three early 19th century slave quarters excavated at Montpelier as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

  • An Unexpected Turn: New Archaeological Discoveries at Montpelier

    Terry Brock

    June 9, 2014 - Last week, Montpelier archaeologists made an exciting discovery that  changes our understanding of the Montpelier landscape  and reveals new questions to investigate!

  • Back at the Mansion: Searching for Madison's Dairy

    Terry Brock

    Wrapping up the winter metal detecting expeditions atop Chicken Mountain, Montpelier Archaeology returns to the mansion in hopes of learning how the plantation landscape changed after James and Dolley returned to Montpelier from Washington. 

  • Montpelier Archaeology Hosts Public Workshop to Rebuild 19th century Slave Cabin

    Caroline Godfrey

    February 6, 2014 - Montpelier Archaeology hosts log cabin workshop to reconstruct a 19th century slave cabin that was discovered in the 2010 Stable Quarter excavation. 

  • Deck the Halls with Rings and Thimbles

    James Madison's Montpelier

    December 23, 2013 - In this season of giving, Montpelier shares with you some of our favorite gifts and treasures!

  • Archaeology Wraps up in the North Yard of the Mansion

    Matthew Reeves

    November 23, 2013 - The past week, Montpelier Archaeology completed its investigations in the North Yard of the mansion. They spent the last three months looking for traces of the Madison-era fenceline as it approaches the Temple and planting holes for the Pine Allee. Our archaeologists succeeded in both accounts and made many more interesting discoveries along the way!

  • Wrapup at the Field Quarter, Startup at the Mansion

    Matthew Reeves

    August 25, 2013 - The Montpelier Archaeology Department has completed excavations at the quarter for field slaves and has moved to a new surveyed at the mansion. We will be excavating at the area of the Temple Allee....read more!

  • Montpelier Celebrates New Archaeological Discoveries

    Caroline Godfrey

    July 30, 2013 - New Evidence of Field Slave Quarters Contributes to Unprecedented Portrait of Enslaved Life. 

  • Update on the Quarter for Field Slaves

    Matthew Reeves

    July 31, 2013 - This past month has resulted in some exciting finds at the site of the quarter for field slaves. After almost a year of excavating the site to find evidence for structures, we have finally identified two features that provide clues to the location for the homes of the field slaves that worked Madison’s farm in the early 19th century.

  • The Archaeological Field Season, Spring 2013

    Mark A. Trickett

    April 22, 2013 - Jigsaws. Sometimes archaeology is all about jigsaw puzzles. Are you a puzzle afficionado and intrigued by this idea?  Well, read on.