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Metal Detectorists Assist at Madison’s Montpelier

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Montpelier Metal DetectorORANGE COUNTY, VIRGINIA—Metal detectorists have been recruited to help archaeologists investigate the 2,700 acres of land at Montpelier, the eighteenth-century home of James Madison. They are looking for artifacts in areas that were once fields, mills, and slave quarters. After an archaeology lesson, the hobbyists are paired with a staff member who records the finds. “What we’re finding is that metal detectorists absolutely love this. It opens a whole new window into their hobby and what we’d eventually like to do is have more archaeologists and detectorists working together,” said Matt Reeves, director of archaeology at Montpelier