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!
Matthew Reeves, PhD
Director of Archaeology and Landscape Restoration
Matt Reeves has been the Director of Archaeology since 2000. Over the past two decades, Matt’s research has focused on plantation life and Civil War encampments with a focus on site of the African Diaspora. For the past three decades, Matt’s focus in public archaeology has centered on citizen science in particular to working with descendant communities and metal detectorists. He received his doctorate from Syracuse University, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Society for Historical Archaeology and the Florida Public Archaeology Network.
Terry P. Brock, PhD
Assistant Director of Archaeology
Terry Brock has served in the archaeology department since 2014. He directs the field excavations at Montpelier, and has research interests in publicly engaged scholarship, plantation archaeology, and digital cultural heritage. Terry received his PhD in Anthropology from Michigan State University, was a co-founder of RVA Archaeology, and sits on the Board of Directors for Archaeology in the Community.
Mary Furlong-Minkoff, PhD
Curator of Archaeological Collections
Mary Furlong Minkoff joined Montpelier in 2015, and oversees the archaeology laboratory and archaeological collections. Her research interests focus civically engaged archaeology, African American archaeology and sensory archaeology. She received her PhD from University of Maryland in Anthropology, and her MA in Historical Archaeology from the University of West Florida. Prior to her time at Montpelier, Mary has worked across the Eastern Seaboard and with the National Parks Service.
Benjamin Kirby, MA
Assistant Curator of Archaeological Collections
Ben Kirby has worked at Montpelier since 2014, and oversees the daily operations of the Archaeology Lab. He received his BA in Anthropology and BS in Chemistry from the College of William & Mary, and his MA in Historical Archaeology. Ben has research interests in colonial archaeology, materials characterization studies, ceramic studies, and zoo archaeology.
Archaeology Crew Chief
Chris Pasch has worked at Montpelier since 2017. He received his BA in History and English Literature at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and is currently enrolled at the University of Leicester in Historical Archaeology. He previously worked at Historic St. Mary’s City as an archaeologist and crew chief.
Archaeology Programs Coordinator
Brittany Higgs began working at Montpelier in 2017. She received her BA in History from George Mason University, and is currently finishing her MA in Applied Anthropology at Mississippi State University. She has previous experience at Colonial Williamsburg and Mt. Vernon, and has additional experience working in mortuary contexts.
Taylor Brown attended the Montpelier field school in 2019. She received her BA in Anthropology and Archaeology from Saint Mary’s College of California. She has previous experience as an underwater archaeologist, having worked on shipwreck sites in Florida and the Caribbean. Her research interests include the archaeology of sex and gender, feminist archaeology, and economic archaeology.
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.