Department of Archaeology & Landscape Restoration
ARCHAEOLOGY AT MONTPELIER
Cultural Resource Management
The Montpelier Archaeology Department aims to discover, preserve, and interpret Montpelier’s Madison-era landscape and other cultural and archaeological resources through cutting edge archaeological methods and research, professional development, public engagement, and citizen science.
This is achieved through public excavation programs, descendant community engagement, professional training for future and current archaeologists through our field school and internship program, and the regular dissemination of our archaeological research to the public and fellow researchers.
Archaeology Projects and Resources
The Montpelier Archaeology Department undertakes a variety of different projects at Montpelier relating to archaeological research, staff development and training, and public programming. Our staff is actively publishing, sharing our data and work, and contributing to professional conferences. To learn more, access different resources such as our technical reports, and visit online exhibits, use the buttons to the right.
Digging Deeper Blog
Our blog is where you can get a behind the scenes look at all of our projects and research. This is a place for those of you who want to take a Deeper Dive into the day-to-day work of an archaeologist!
Dig With Us!
Work alongside our staff through the LEARN Archaeology Expedition Program! No experience necessary. Learn more by clicking below!
Archaeology Technician and Housing Coordinator
Myles has worked at Montpelier since 2017. He received his B.A. in Anthropology and History from the College of William and Mary in 2016. Since graduating, he has worked as a field technician at Colonial Williamsburg as well as on other archaeological projects across Virginia. His research interests include using archaeology as a tool to understand cultural landscapes, the African Diaspora, and the social history of plantation societies.
Christine Greenall, MA
Archaeology Programs Coordinator
Christine Greenall began at Montpelier in 2017, and coordinates the public programming in the archaeology department. She has a BS in Landscape Architecture from California Polytechnic State University and over 20 years of experience in landscape architecture, and a small genealogical business.
Metal Detector Technician
Dennis Bjorklund began working at Montpelier in 2014 after attending a metal detecting expedition. He has been metal detecting since 1985, including working as an Unexploded Ordinance Detection technician for the US Military. He also has a background in surveying. He oversees and conducts the metal detector survey at Montpelier.
Metal Detector Technician
Lance Crosby has over thirty years of metal detecting experience in Virginia. Lance began working for the archaeology department in 2008 and has logged well over 3000 historic hits (pre 1900 in era) and located two dozen Civil War or antebellum sites across the property.
Meet our year long interns for the 2018-2019 year!