Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center
As the publicly funded repository for archaeological collections from federal and state compliance projects and private individuals, the Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center (VAHC) holds its collections in trust for the public. VAHC is committed to enhancing understanding of Vermont's human past through stewardship, education, research, public outreach and volunteer programs.
The Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center in Barre serves as the central repository for the artifacts and archives of Vermont’s past. This state-of-the-art center is open to all members of the public who wish to explore our 13,000 years of history through exhibits, workshops, and lectures. The collection is currently based on more than 750 known archaeological sites, with compliance reports and artifacts available for study to qualified researchers. The Archaeology Center shares space with the Vermont History Center’s Heritage Galleries in the historic Spaulding Graded School, making it a wonderful destination for anyone interested in the people, stories and materials of Vermont’s heritage.
The Archaeology Center houses artifact collections and archival sources in a series of secure, climate-controlled rooms. These collections are based on excavations, analyses, and interpretations of archaeological sites and represent every county in the state and every major period of Vermont’s 13,000-year history. A library of supporting documentation, collected over the past forty years, includes an extensive and growing collection of books, annotated bibliographies, reports, and materials related to Vermont archaeology, all of which is available to researchers, educators, and anyone interested in Vermont’s past. Our State Archaeologist will assist with your exploration of curated artifacts and their associated archives to ensure their protection and the site’s preservation. If you are interested in donating artifacts to the Heritage Center, please read the accessions policy. Please review the attached collections spreadsheet for more information.
The Archaeology Center provides opportunities for students and educators to learn how the study of past people and their cultures inform our present. A series of timelines and panels recount exciting information about Vermont’s past and its people. Display cases with rotating exhibits contain artifacts from significant archaeological sites throughout the state and explain how these sites were identified and what they tell us about the people who occupied them. Handouts and QR codes link to additional information on our website, providing for endless educational opportunities.
Research, Volunteer, and Internship Opportunities:
The Archaeology Center has many active projects for interested volunteers. We also host teacher training sessions and educational programs for 4th-12th grade students. We are particularly interested in developing research projects with motivated undergraduate and graduate students. Our State Archaeologist is more than happy to provide guidance toward thesis and dissertation topics. The Archaeology Center occasionally sponsors paid and unpaid internships and opportunities for temporary employment. For any inquiries related to volunteer or student projects, internships, or to research a curated collection, please contact us at:
or at (802)-479-1928
Hours of Operation
Archaeology Center Office Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 am - 4:00 pm or always by appointment*
Archaeology Center Exhibit Hours:
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Second Saturdays 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed State and Federal holidays
*All collections research must be by appointment only
Directions:The Vermont Archaeology Heritage Center is located at 60 Washington Street, Barre, on the corner of Washington and Park streets. Find us on Google Maps
Parking: Parking can be found on Washington Street, Park Street and around the corner along Currier Park.
Contact us to get involved: (802) 479-1928 or ACCD.firstname.lastname@example.org