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Posted: 08/20/2015

The Montpelier Foundation

Montpelier is the lifelong home of James Madison, Father of the Constitution, Architect of the Bill of Rights, and fourth president of the United States. Montpelier is administered by The Montpelier Foundation, which seeks to inspire continuing public engagement with American constitutional self-government by bringing to life the home and contributions of James and Dolley Madison. The historic home and grounds are open to visitors and student groups throughout the year, and through the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution, Montpelier provides world-class residential and online educational programs. Montpelier is a National Trust Historic Site.

Curator of Archaeological Collections
Professional Opportunity
Orange, VA

The Montpelier Foundation is looking to fill the position of Curator of Archaeological Collections. Candidates must have at least five years of lab research experience and three years of supervisory experience in running a lab processing artifacts from historical archaeology sites.  An M.A. in anthropology (PhD preferred) with a focus on historical archaeology is required along with a demonstrated interest in public archaeology, proven experience in writing analysis reports, extensive knowledge of late 18th and early 19th century artifacts, publishing, database management, and analysis of artifact assemblages for site interpretation. We will be giving a preference for research interests in plantation archaeology and the African Diaspora and to those with a doctorate degree and research experience.  


  • Candidates must have a MA in Anthropology (Ph.D. preferred) or a related field with a focus on historical archaeology (preferably plantation based)
  • Writing experience with both reports and articles in historical archaeology (preferably plantation based)
  • Three years supervisory experience running an archaeology laboratory that processes assemblages from historic sites
  • Extensive experience with cataloguing and analysis of 18th and 19th century artifacts,
  • Extensive experience in late 18th/early 19th century artifact assemblage analysis, experience with relational database software (Access preferred) and statistical analysis software (Surfer preferred),
  • Experience with public archaeology in hands-on supervision and training  of staff and tour-based experience with the public
  • Comfortable with public speaking to both small groups and larger audiences and the press
  • Supervisory experience over volunteers, students, and staff
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How to apply
Any questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Matthew Reeves at mreeves@montpelier.org. Please do not send resumes to the above e-mail address (see application link below). To apply, please click on the following link: https://home.eease.adp.com/recruit/?id=14101161 to upload your combined cover letter and resume.
Matthew Reeves

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