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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. Dedicated to supporting the efforts of the Office of State Archaeology (OSA), FOSA's mission is to help the OSA meet the office's numerous state-mandated responsibilities, and to enable the office to provide additional services to the state's towns, students, and other citizens.

FOSA meets these goals by:

> Developing and facilitating educational activities to increase public awareness of the OSA and archaeological issues in general.

> Encouraging participation by communities, institutions, corporations and individuals in supporting the mission of the OSA.

> Encouraging partnerships between OSA scientific research initiatives and local communities.

> Developing permanent sources of financial support and other public assistance 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

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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.

FOSA Brochure
To access a copy of the latest FOSA Brochure, for review or printing, please click Brochure.

Public Awareness
To read an article by former State Archaeologist Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni on the challenges facing archaeologists and archaeological sites, please click:  Awareness Article.

Contact Us
For information or questions about the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology and its activities, please send an e-mail to:
fosa-ct@archaeologist.com   by clicking    .

Join Us
To join the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, please click  

ASC Collaboration
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: .

NOTE: This past April (2017), ASC webmaster Robyn Swan Filippone unexpectedly passed away. This has resulted in problems with the ongoing maintenance of the ASC website. We will, of course, assist in any way we can with getting the ASC website maintenance back up and running.

Among other things, Robyn's loss has meant that recent ASC Newsletters are unavailable on the ASC website. For the time being, we suggested to ASC Newsletter Editor Lee West that we could post those unavailable ASC Newsletters on the FOSA website, this as a courtesy to our sister organization; an offer which Lee agreed to with thanks.

As a result, the initial group of Newsletters is below. To access each Newsletter, please click its associated link.

ASC News v.245 Sept. 2017 ASC News v.244 Apr. 2017 ASC News v.243 Jan. 2017
ASC News v.242 Sept. 2016 ASC News v.241 Mar. 2016 ASC News v.226 Apr. 2011

To access the other ASC Newsletters, go to the "Newsletter" page in the ASC website, by clicking   ASC Newsletters.

Unless otherwise noted, all photos in this web site are by John Spaulding, FOSA Photographer
Web contact: Jim Hall - jamesh52@comcast.net