Historic Artifacts Workshop

Research & Collections

During the historic artifacts workshop, participants will aide archaeologists in the cataloging, analysis, and mending of 18th-and 19th-century artifacts recovered from current excavations.

During the week-long program, you will work in the Archaeology Laboratory and be involved in post-excavation cataloging, analysis, labeling, and reconstructing of ceramics and other historic artifacts recovered from the previous field season. To support your study of historic artifacts, you will receive lectures by specialists in 18th- and 19th-century historic artifact types, methods of study, and conservation techniques.  The ultimate goal of the Laboratory Expedition is to learn about historic artifact types, iron conservation techniques, and to reconstruct vessels for display in the Archaeology Laboratory, the mansion, the Grills Gallery in the Visitor Center, and even in other museums!

While participating in the program, you will stay in the antebellum plantation house known as “Arlington House.” or, for those wanting to pamper themselves, there is also the option of staying at one of the local B&B’s.

For more information about how to participate in this program, please contact Matthew Reeves, Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration at dig@montpelier.org. The program date is February 21-26, 2016. 


Members of the Laboratory Expedition working with historic ceramics found on the property.

A collection of artifacts recovered from the Northwest Yard midden awaiting cataloging and analysis.