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Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, Inc. (FOSA) is a volunteer not-for-profit organization formed in 1997. The
organization was formed by people concerned about support for the Connecticut Office of State Archaeology (OSA), which has
a minimal budget for staff other than the State Archaeologist's salary.
FOSA's mission is to enhance OSA efforts and help meet the numerous state-mandated responsibilities of the Office. It meets its goals by:
> Developing and facilitating educational activities that enhance public awareness of the OSA and of archaeological issues in general.
> Encouraging participation by communities, institutions, corporations and individuals in supporting the efforts of the OSA.
> Encouraging partnerships between OSA scientific research initiatives and local communities.
> Developing permanent sources of financial and other public support for OSA efforts.
"The active participation of volunteer organizations,
particularly FOSA, are critical to the ability of the Office of State Archaeology
to accomplish its mission of preserving the rich archaeological heritage of the State of Connecticut.
Their efforts are greatly appreciated."
- Brian Jones
Special Announcement: On July 16, the Connecticut State Museum of
Natural History (CSMNH) released for immediate publication the official announcement of the upcoming retirement
of Dr. Nicholas F. Bellantoni as State Archaeologist, effective July 18. His replacement will be Dr. Brian D.
Jones, currently serving as Senior Archaeologist with Archaeological and Historical Services, Inc. in Storrs,
> To read a reprint of the release, please click: Press Release.
> For information on Dr. Jones' publications and talks, please click Brian Jones Info.
For More Info
To learn more about the responsibilities of the Office of State Archaeology, how FOSA helps in this endeavor, and for a biographical sketch of Brian Jones, please click the "About Us" link.
To read an article by former State Archaeologist Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni on the challenges facing archaeologists and archaeological sites, please click: Awareness Article.
For information or questions about the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology and its activities, please send an e-mail to:
To join the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, please click here.
Beginning September, 2009, FOSA and the Archaeological Society of Connecticut (ASC) have agreed to enter a closer association with each other, working collaboratively together in order to increase the public's awareness of Connecticut's archaeological past, in addition to our common aim of supporting the Office of State Archaeology.
While both organzations will remain distinct, the presidents of each organization will be attending the other's Board meetings, members from each will be encouraged to attend the other's annual meetings, and charges for attendance at one organization's events will be the same for members of the other organization.
For our web site, we now have a direct link to the ASC web site from this home page; and links to the ASC Newsletters are available from the FOSA "Newsletters" page. Changes to the ASC web site for accessing ours have been incorporated there as well.
To link to the ASC web site, please click on: Archaeological Society of Connecticut.
Unless otherwise noted, all photos in this web site are by John Spaulding, FOSA Photographer
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