The 2016 Archaeology Season: Completing the South Yard Excavation

Terry P. Brock, PhD

April 6, 2016 - The 2016 archaeology excavation season is upon us! Read about the archaeology team's plans for excavating Nelly's Kitchen and the last South Yard slave dwelling this summer.

A Masonic Pipe and the African American Experience at Montpelier

Terry P. Brock

March 9, 2016 - This past summer, visiting descendants of the enslaved community worked with archaeologists and made a unique discovery in the South Yard: a pipe bowl with a Masonic symbol on it. 

Montpelier Archaeology on Nat Geo "Diggers"

Terry P. Brock, PhD

July 20th, 2015 - Tonight at 10:30 pm EST, the The Montpelier Foundation's Archaeology Department will be featured on the National Geographic Channel's Metal Detecting Program, Diggers.

History in your Hand: Finding a James Madison Wine Bottle Seal

Terry P. Brock

June 11, 2015 -- Montpelier archeologists discovered a James Madison Wine Bottle Seal this past week, a discovery that sheds light on the lives of the Madisons and the enslaved community at Montpelier. 

Return to the South Yard: Locating the Montpelier Smokehouses

Terry P. Brock, PhD

March 24, 2015 - This season, the Montpelier Archaeology Department will begin excavations in the South Yard, looking for the two smokehouses identified on an 1837 Insurance Map.

The Archaeology Department Heads to Seattle!!

Terry P. Brock

December 31, 2014 - Next week, Montpelier's Archaeology Department will head to Seattle, Washington to participate in the Society for Historical Archaeology Annual Meetings!

The Elusive Dairy...

Terry P. Brock

September 9, 2014 - Archaeologists this summer have been looking for Madison's dairy house, and have a number of new surprising discoveries!

Fall and Winter Archaeology Expeditions Starting!

Terry P. Brock

September 4, 2014 - The Montpelier Archaeology Department is pleased to announce open enrollment for Excavation, Metal Detecting, and Cabin Reconstruction Expeditions!

Discovering the 18th Century Landscape at Montpelier, Part I

Terry P. Brock

August 21, 2014 - The discovery of an 18th century landscape wall by our archaeology team has shed a new light on the 18th and 19th century landscape at Montpelier.

Expanding Our Search: More Excavations at the Southwest Yard

Terry Brock

July 14, 2014 - Our summer excavations continue their investigations of the Southwest Yard of the Montpelier Mansion, revealing additional features relating to Madison's 18th and 19th century landscape.