Washington and Lee University maintains an active research program in archaeology. We conduct field work part of every year, usually in the spring and sometimes also in the summer
Students have been participating in field schools with university faculty since the 1970s, beginning with excavations at Liberty Hall, a late 18th-century predecessor of Washington and Lee.
In the 1980s W&L archaeologists investigated early industries in the Valley of Virginia, particularly pottery kilns, and during the 1990s focused on remains of Longdale Mining Community in western Virginia. More recent years saw an interest in campus archaeology.
Since 2009, students and faculty have been collaborating with archaeologists at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello near Charlottesville, Virginia, to excavate the remains of an overseer's house, c. 1806-1822. We are blogging our finds here. More information about Monticello archaeology is available here.