The Ticonderoga peninsula and the greater Champlain Valley is home to thousands of years of human history. Where people live and travel, they leave behind tangible remains of the past, the study of which is archaeology. From the first Indigenous people in the Champlain Valley to the many nations that fought for control during the French and Indian War and the American War for Independence, Fort Ticonderoga’s landscape and archaeological collections link us back to the stories of those who came before us, preserved for future generations to come. We look forward to exploring this incredible history with you, as we continue to build Fort Ticonderoga’s archaeology program.
The Carillon Battlefield
In September 2019, Fort Ticonderoga was awarded an American Battlefield Protection Program Planning Grant to complete a comprehensive historical analysis of the Carillon Battlefield and create a condition and management assessment of the battlefield for its long-term preservation. This assessment is the first of its kind for Fort Ticonderoga and will be the foundation for site management and planning for the battlefield as well as a template for other archaeologically and historically sensitive areas of the landscape. The Preservation and Planning Assessment of the Carillon Battlefield report is now available for the public. You can also explore a timeline of events leading up to and during the Battle of Carillon through “1758: Decision at Carillon”, an ESRI StoryMap that uses map and archival sources produced in the report.
This project was made possible with support from the American Battlefield Protection Program, National Park Service and assistance from the University of Vermont’s Consulting Archaeology Program.
From the Ground Up
Learn about the fascinating variety of archaeological collections found at Fort Ticonderoga in the “From the Ground Up” featuring Fort Ticonderoga Director of Archaeology, Margaret Staudter.