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Excavate: High School Archaeology Expedition


Work side-by-side with our staff of archaeologists to discover, excavate, and preserve the past on the Montpelier property in an archaeological program specifically for high school students!

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Week Long High School Excavation

The High School Archaeology Excavation is a great beginner’s step into the world of Archaeology. This is a week-long hands-on educational experience in which you will work side-by-side with professional archaeologists on actual archaeological research sites on the Montpelier property. While digging through Madison-era deposits, you will experience the excitement of uncovering artifacts and features that have been buried for more than two centuries! This is a perfect program for families to experience together.

Archaeology of Memorialization

The 2024 excavation season will focus on the Archaeology of Memorialization (as discussed in the following Story Map), where we will work to define the boundaries of the Montpelier Burial Ground of the Enslaved and build our understanding of how the ancestors of Montpelier’s descendant community memorialized their loved ones in this sacred space. We are working closely with the Montpelier Descendants Committee (MDC) in all aspects of these surveys and excavations. The continued archaeological surveys and excavations at the Montpelier Burial Ground of the Enslaved will help The Montpelier Foundation and the MDC build a memorial to honor the legacy of their ancestors.

The archaeological work that students will be involved in is aimed at serving the larger goals of memorialization. The archaeology of memorialization aims to do the following:

  1. Understand the extent of the burial ground and location of burials to protect those burials and prevent any disturbance of human remains during the landscape restoration process.
  2. Explore the evidence of how the enslaved and their descendants commemorated and honored that space
  3. Restore the landscape of the burial ground, and honor those buried there.

The excavations associated with memorialization are about understanding the landscape, and will NOT include the excavation of burials or human remains. The protection of human remains is central to this project and the interests of the MDC.

Costs and Deposit

Cost: $950 for the week 

Deposit: $300.00 

With registration (see button below) you will be e-mailed more information on the program.

We have payment options– a non-refundable deposit is all you need to reserve your space on one of our programs!

Note: Descendants and African-American community members are welcome to attend at no cost


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Jul 07 - 12, 2024


All Day


James Madison's Montpelier
James Madison's Montpelier
11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957