Archaeological Collections

Research & Collections

The Montpelier Archaeology Department does much more than excavate sites.  All of the artifacts located through the course of excavations are brought to the lab to be washed, catalogued, conserved and restored.  We have amassed a collections of hundreds of thousands of historic artifacts that range from restored ceramics, glassware, personal and clothing items, architectural hardware, and plant and animal remains.  To examine the range of artifacts we have recovered at various sites, please visit the archaeology sites page and click on the artifacts link at each site. 

To view the collections from sites excavated as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities, please click on the links below.


Bisque porcelain figurine head recovered from the South Yard and 3D scanned by the Virginia Commonwealth University Virtual Curation Laboratory.

Image courtesy of the Virtual Curation Laboratory @ VCU.


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Restoring ceramics from the South Yard

Melba Meyers restoring a Bamboo and Peony plate from one of the slave quarters at Montpelier