Department of Housing & Community Development

Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center

Re-worked chert projectile point excavated at the Chimney Point State Historic Site.Artifacts 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.
 
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 starting September 2:    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, 1892 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 1,700 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) 828-3050 or giovanna.peebles@state.vt.us.

Select laws pertaining to the State's archaeology collections:
 

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.