Vermont Archaeology

 

September is Vermont Archaeology Month: Learn and Explore 13,000 Years of Vermont History

Studying the layers of history at Chimney Point State Historic Site Every September, the Division for Historic Preservation along with the Agency of Transportation hosts a month-long celebration of Vermont archaeology and history. Vermont Archaeology Month 2014 is a time to discover and explore new and compelling research and artifacts that delve into Vermont’s 13,000 years of history. Novices and history buffs alike can learn about Vermont’s deep past, its Native communities and their traditions, and how the environment and the natural world shaped and directed past people’s lives at more than 40 interactive and educational events statewide. Organized walks and talks, hands-on explorations, presentations, and panels are offered nearly every day throughout September.  Check out our complete 2014 Calendar of Events to see all of the great programs hosted across the state.

 Email us at ACCD.ArchaeologyCenter@state.vt.us if you have ideas to share.
 

Discovering Vermont Archaeology

Vermont has a remarkably rich and diverse archaeological heritage that spans almost 13,000 years of human history. Sites range from Native American campsites used by Paleo-Indians (the earliest Vermonters), to 12th century Native American farming sites (the earliest known in northern New England), to Revolutionary War shipwrecks, to 19th century farmsteads and industrial sites.

Vermont's archaeological sites are a crucial link with much of our past. Archaeological sites are often the only source of information for the longest part of human history in Vermont. Our archaeological sites can also inform us about past environments, landscape changes, climatic changes, and the ways in which Native people successfully adapted to such changes over millennia.

Please visit our Archaeology in Vermont page for more information
 

Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center
 

Archaeology Heritage Center ArtifactsArtifacts and other cultural materials recovered from archaeological sites tell the untold stories about 13,000 years of Vermont history, most of it unwritten.  Students, scholars, and volunteers are now better able to research Vermont history by handling and examining artifacts of all ages - - ancient and more modern - - at the Center. The Center sponsors a range of educational programs and projects, both at the Center and around the state.

Vermont Archaeology Partners

The Division for Historic Preservation works closely with various partners to identify, preserve, protect, interpret, and manage Vermont's archaeological heritage. 
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum
Preservation Trust of Vermont    
The Archaeological Conservancy 
University of Vermont
Vermont Archaeological Society
Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs    
Vermont Historical Society
Vermont Housing and Conservation Board
Vermont Land Trust 

The following organizations offer a rich array of interesting information about archaeology.

National Park Service Heritage Preservation Division 
Society for American Archeology   
Society for Historical Archaeology