2019 Excavation Expedition September 15-20 (Alumni Week)

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Sunday September 15

5:00 PM  –  7:30 PM

Excavation Expedition September 15-20 (Alumni Week)


The Archaeology Excavation Expedition is Montpelier’s most popular week-long participatory program. This is a week-long hands-on volunteer and educational experience in which you will work side-by-side with professional archaeologists on actual archaeological research sites on the Montpelier property.  While digging through Madison-era deposits, you will experience the excitement of uncovering artifacts and features that have been buried for more than two centuries!


This expedition is an Alumni Week as we welcome long-time alumni to attend and reunite with old friends.  Some of our alumni have been coming to help us with archaeology for 28 years!  This session is open to first timers as well but some aspects of the program are catered toward those who have more experience.


This week-long expedition begins Sunday at 5:00pm and ends Friday at 7:30pm.  Those staying in on-site housing will have the option of staying over Friday night and departing Saturday morning.


Montpelier On-Site Housing Options


Arlington House is a historic antebellum house built in the 1840's that is located in a beautiful rural setting on the Montpelier property about 1 mile from the visitor center and about 1.5 miles to the Archaeology Lab.  Adjacent to Arlington House is the oldest standing slave dwelling on the property. Arlington House is a low cost hostel style of housing where participants are assigned a bed in same gender shared bedrooms on the first and second floors. The four bathrooms are shared among all guests in the house.  There is a fully stocked kitchen with 2 full size refrigerators and each participant has an 18" cubby in the dining area for their pantry food items.   A living room, dining room, screened porch, outdoor picnic tables, and laundry machines are available for your use.  The house is heated and air-conditioned.  Bed linens and towels are provided.


Constitution Village consists of several DuPont era historic homes built in the early 1900's that are located in a beautiful setting within the gated historic core of the Montpelier property about .7 miles from the visitor center and about .2 mile from the Archaeology Lab.  This upgraded housing option includes private rooms with key carded entry to the house and your individual room.  A limited number of rooms have private en suite bathrooms and most have bathrooms available right across the hall.  Participants may request a room with a private bathroom which will be assigned on a first come first serve basis based on registration dates of those requesting. Homes include a kitchen with 1 full size refrigerator, dining, and living area.  These homes are heated and air conditioned. Bed linens and towels are provided.



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