Vermont Archaeology


Vermont Archaeology Month Celebrates the 22nd Anniversary Year: Learn and Explore 13,000 Years of Vermont History

Studying the layers of history at Chimney Point State Historic Site 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 highlights Vermont's remarkable ancient and historic past trhough informative lectures, interesting workshops, hands-on demonstrations and fun outdoor recreation opportunities.  Events are scheduled across the state with free admission to most.  Check out our complete 2017 Calendar of Events to see all of the great programs hosted across the state.

For all inquiries related to Vermont Archaeology Month, please contact Gabrielle Kinney at 


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