Department of Housing & Community Development

Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center

Visit the Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center in Barre to learn about  Vermont's 12,500 years of history, most of it unwritten.  



Enjoy the "How Do You Know That?" exhibit to understand how archaeologists unravel our very long history. Please click on the image to see the exhibit. But come to the Center where you can see the archaeological materials that compliment the panels!
Our newly installed timeline, "500 Generations of Continuity, Change, and Adaptation," spans a 25' long wall and 12,500 years of history.  Please click on the image to see the exhibit panels.
Read More..........Timeline..........500 Generations of Women..........Dugout Canoes    



Nearly 2,000 boxes of archaeological collections spanning 500 generations (12,500 years) offer students, scholars, and volunteers many hands-on opportunities  to learn about and research Vermont history.  Working with educators and students in the last year at the Center, it's apparent that a great deal of learning happens by handling and examining artifacts of all ages - - ancient and more modern. The Center sponsors a range of educational programs and projects, both on-site and around the state.

Hours, Admission, and Directions

Admission:   Free
Dates & Hours of Operation:

Archaeology Exhibit hours:

  • Tuesday–Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Second Saturdays 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Closed State and Federal holidays; see Holidays & Special Hours below or call (802) 479-8509 for specific dates.
Office hours or by appointment:  Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Collections research is by appointment only.

Directions to the Center:

The Archaeology Center is located within the Vermont History Center, 60 Washington Street, Barre. Look for the imposing, brick, 1891 former Spaulding Graded School on the corner of Washington Street and Park Street.
Parking can be found on Washington Street, on Park Street, and around the corner along Currier Park.

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Get Involved:

Our nearly 2,000 boxes of archaeological collections and extensive library offer many projects for researchers, volunteers, and students (4th – 12th, college, and MA and PhD students).  We offer internships, both paid and unpaid.

Contact us to get involved: (802) 479-1928 or

 Select policies and laws pertaining to the State's archaeology collections:

 Instructions for Consultants Transferring Collections to the Archaeology Center: Consultants should be very familiar with the guidance in this manual. Questions should be directed to the State Archaeologist. 
Consultants should use this Archaeology Center Collections Database Templete to enter information about their incoming collection. Please request a copy of the file by email.  
Fees for Collections: In accordance with 22 VSA Chaper 14 Section 724(b)(2), a $500.00 one-time fee for each standard banker box of archeological collection for the care and maintenance for perpetuity shall be paid paid by any person involved in a federally funded, licensed, or permitted project. This fee shall be paid on a pro rata basis for one-half and one-quarter boxes. Please note that the fee increased from $ 400 to $ 500 on July 1, 2014. 

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation (NAGPRA) – Refer to this website for important information pertaining to Federal protections of Native American burial sites.

Vermont Museums Property Law - Any property held by a museum that is not subject to a loan agreement and has been held for 10 or more years and has remained unclaimed shall be deemed to be abandoned. The property shall become the property of the museum, provided the museum has given notice pursuant to this law.