Department of Archaeology & Landscape Restoration


Archaeological Research
Professional Development
Public Archaeology
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.

Montpelier’s Hidden Sites of Labor

Montpelier’s Hidden Sites of Labor

Archaeology Reports and Publications

Archaeology Reports and Publications

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!

The Team

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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.

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Mary Furlong-Minkoff, PhD

Assistant Director for Archaeology and 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.

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Christopher Pasch

Archaeology Field Director

Chris Pasch has worked at Montpelier since 2017. He has served as an Archaeology Field Technician, Crew Chief, and now Field Director. He received his BA in History and English Literature at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and completed his MA in Historical Archaeology at the University of Leicester in 2020. He previously worked at Historic St. Mary’s City as an archaeologist and crew chief.


Melissa Kerr

Archaeology Programs Coordinator
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Dennis Bjorklund

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.

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Lance Crosby

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.