2020 Teacher Excavation Program July 26-31

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Sunday July 26

5:00 PM  –  4:00 PM

2020 Teacher Excavation Program July 26-31


The Teacher Excavation Program is a result of the partnership between Archaeology in the Community and the Archaeology Department at James Madison’s Montpelier. Teachers participate in a week-long archaeological excavation on an actual research site on the Montpelier property, attend daily curriculum training to incorporate archaeology into their classroom, and participate in historic tours and lectures. This is a unique volunteer and educational experience which will allow you to gain hands-on experience with archaeology and bring it into the classroom!

For more information about Archaeology in the Community, see their website: www.archaeologyincommunity.com


On Site Housing Option

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. Cost for the week: $250 (NOTE: You MUST email dig@montpelier.org to reserve your room!) 


Registration Instructions

Teachers have the option to either (A) submit the full program fee to guarantee enrollment in the program or (B) submit an application for a partial scholarship, which will cover housing costs and up to $550 of the $850 program fee. Teachers who wish to be considered for the scholarship can email us at dig@montpelier.org for more information. 


Because this program satisfies continuing education requirements, we encourage teachers to obtain funding for this program, if possible.