Be a Part of Montpelier Archaeology


Putting Together the Pieces of History > CLICK HERE FOR 2015 EXPEDITION DATES!

The earth hold hidden fragments of the lives of James and Dolley Madison and the hundreds of enslaved people who called this plantation home. Each season, archaeologists are finding more clues to piece together the fabric of daily life for the Montpelier community...come join us!

In the Field

Work side-by-side Montpelier's professional archaeologists in excavating the places where Montpelier slaves lived and worked and where important features such as fences, roadways, paths, and structures once stood.  

In the Lab

Pull out a drawer in the Archaeology lab's study collection and learn how to analyze the finds from our excavations. Participants will work with pieces of earthenware, porcelain, wine glasses, nails, and bone that date to the Madison family's tenure at Montpelier - and even Native American and Civil War artifacts. 

Metal-Detector Expeditions

Montpelier Archaeology is leading the effort to involve the metal detector community in locating and protecting historic sites. Designed for metal-detector specialists and hobbyists, the program serves to introduce the significance of archaeological methods and the importance of site context for individual finds. 

Field School

For more than two decades, Montpelier Archaeology has hosted field schools designed to give students archaeological training in field and laboratory techniques. Accredited through James Madison University and SUNY Plattsburgh, these 4-5 week-long programs are offered as a 4, 5, or 6 credit-hour course.


Montpelier Archaeology offers a limited number of competitive paid and unpaid internship positions during the summer and winter months. Completion of Montpelier Field School is prerequisite for the paid internship.  


No prior training or experience is required, just a love of history and an interest in archaeology!

For more information, please contact:
Matt Reeves, Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration
540.672.2728, ext. 161,

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