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One-Day Dig Programs What is Archaeology? Join our professionally trained archaeology staff as we answer this question! By the end of this one-day program, you will know all about the archaeological process! Our intensive, one-day excavation program is designed to give you a crash course in archaeological techniques and methods. You will begin your learning experience with an exclusive Archaeology Walking Tour, given by Assistant Director of Archaeology, Dr. Terry Brock. This tour, which is not offered to normal Montpelier visitors, will guide you through some of the excavations that

have happened on the property over the last 20 years. You will then join your Team Leader for hands-on instruction in archaeological excavation techniques, before jumping into one of our test units and digging yourself! Our staff will teach you the basics of artifact identification as you enjoy digging for artifacts. In the

afternoon, there is no need to worry about lunch! We will provide a boxed lunch from the award-winning BBQ Exchange Café! Following lunch, our staff will show you what happens after excavation, and guide you through our paperwork and artifact sorting processes. No prior experience is necessary to participate in this program. As long as you are excited to learn—and get a little dirty—we want you to join us. This program is also extremely family friendly, and we welcome participants ages 8 to 90. Here at Montpelier Archaeology, you will not just dig with us, you will LEARN with us!

Program Staff Matthew Reeves, PH.D., Directory of Archaeology Dr. Reeves has been with the Foundation since 2009 and oversees the overall archaeological research at James Madison’s Montpelier. Over the past 2 decades, Dr. Reeve’s research has focused on plantation life and Civil War encampments with an overall focus on sites of the African Diaspora (both pre- and post-emancipation). Prior to Montpelier, he directed projects at Manassas National Battlefield Park, Jefferson Patterson Park, various New York DOT projects, and has worked on a wide variety of historic and prehistoric sites in Maryland, Virginia, New York and Jamaica. Terry Brock, PH.D., Assistant Director of Archaeology Dr. Brock joined Montpelier in 2014 after completing his dissertation on mid-19th century plantation life in Southern Maryland (St. Mary’s City). He has a rich set of experience in public archaeology, social media, and finding new ways to engage the public with archaeological discoveries. He has worked on projects in Michigan, Virginia, Maryland, and Rome. Terry runs the field programs during the expedition and writes up the research reports at the end of the season. Chris Pasch, B.A., Archaeologist, Crew Chief Chris received his B.A. in History and English Literature from St. Mary's College of Maryland in 2013, and is currently working on an M.A. in Historical Archaeology through the University of Leicester. His primary research interests include the study of identity (particularly gender) and the relationship of memory with material culture and place. He is passionate about ceramic history, architecture, the use of technology and social media in archaeology, and theory/historiography.

Program Schedule 9:15am-9:30, Visitor’s Center Orientation and Introductions 9:30-10:30, Montpelier Grounds Archaeology Walking Tour 10:30-10:45, Archaeology Site Excavation Instruction with Team Leader 10:45-12:00pm, Archaeology Site Excavation of Archaeology Site 12:00-12:30, Archaeology Site Lunch (provided by the BBQ Exchange CafÊ) 12:30-2:00, Archaeology Site Excavation of Archaeology Site 2:00-3:00, Archaeology Site Completion of Closing Paperwork for Strata 3:00-4:00, Archaeology Site Artifact Sorting and Processing 4:00-5:00, Montpelier Grounds Self-guided exploration of Montpelier

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One-Day Dig Programs  

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