Montpelier Field School

Interested in historic archaeology? Check out this field school in Virginia!
Archaeology Field School
We will be running two field schools this summer, focusing on the excavations of an enslaved duplex quarter and extant kitchen. Each field school lasts 4 weeks. Students have the option of taking the course through SUNY-Plattsburgh or James Madison University for credit with a $400 equipment and housing fee to Montpelier, or they can take the course for no-credit for a $600 fee. Tuition costs vary depending on the school you enroll with, but our partnership with SUNY allows for a low out-of-state rate, while students from Virginia can take advantage of the JMU in-state tuition. Students will learn the basics of stratigraphic excavation, lab work, and also training in public archaeology. We encourage recent graduates to apply. The dates of the field school run from May 16-June 10 and June 19-July 15.
Scholarship for African American Students
In our effort to further diversify the discipline, African American students are eligible to apply for our new scholarship program. This will waive the equipment and housing fee for credit or no-credit students. If taken for no-credit, this scholarship will make the 4-week field school free of charge with housing included. Additionally, students have the opportunity to apply for the paid internship program following the field school, making this one of the most affordable field schools available for African American students.
Paid Internship Program
Individuals who attend the field school are also eligible to apply for our summer and year long internship program. Internships are full time, paid, and include free housing. To become an intern, candidates must take the Montpelier Field School, which is used to evaluate their candidacy. Student interns can stay for the remainder of the summer, while recent graduates can stay for an extended internship of up to a year. Recent graduates are also eligible for full benefits, including vacation, sick leave, and health insurance. Interns receive full training with our staff on stratigraphic excavation, work on our week long Public Archaeology Expedition Programs, cataloguing and artifact identification, and have opportunities to pursue individual research opportunities, present at conferences, and build a professional CV. Long-term interns typically stay for 6-9 months. This is a really great opportunity for recent graduates to build professional experience before entering the job market or applying to graduate school.
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