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|(various)||Articles concerning analysis of a time capsule unearthed in New
Haven containing Civil War and Lincoln memorabilia, as well as human bones, when the "Lincoln Oak"
tree fell over during a Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012.
April 29, 2013 - New Haven Register April 30, 2013 - West Hartford News
April 24, 2013 - New Haven Register
|April 22, 2013||Article in the theday.com on a presentation given by Nick Bellantoni and Stuart S. Miller, a professor of Hebrew history and Judaic Studies at the University of Connecticut following the excavation of a mikveh, or ritual bathing house, built sometime in the early 1890s by a Jewish settlement in Chesterfield.|
|(various)||Articles on a talk given by Nick Bellantoni regarding the
problems associated with analysis of human remains found in a Vernon dump.
March 21, 2013 - manchester.patch.com March 18, 2013 - ellington-somers.patch.com
March 16, 2013 - manchester.patch.com
|February 25, 2013||Article in the New Haven Register about a talk that Nick Bellantoni gave at the Shelton Historical Society, about the exhumation of Albert Afraid of Hawk, and events surrounding it.|
|October, 2012||Article in smithsonian.com excavations in Griswold which included apparent reburials with skeletal remains rearranged to prevent the deceased from returning from their grave as vampires to kill the living.|
|August 14, 2012||Article in newstimes.com about an excavation in Danbury headed up by Nick Bellantoni, searching for the burial site of American Indian Albert Afraid of Hawk, once a part of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, so his remains can be returned to his original home in South Dakota.|
|July 2, 2012||Article from the Ellington-Somers Patch on events sponsored by the Ellington Historical Society to two special events to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Nellie McKnight Museum.|
|June 10, 2012||Article from the Ridgefield Press concerning excavation results at the location of a house on Main Street in Ridgefield, which was believed to be the site of a battle during the Revolutionary War. Nick Bellantoni has made recommendations on site preservation, though did not participate in the dig itself.|
|May 1, 2012||Reprint of an article from the Journal Inquirer about a dig lead
by Nick Bellantoni at the Pitkin Glass Works in Manchester, CT. The reprint itself is part of the Manchester
Historical Society's web site.
NOTE: This article was reprinted in The Republic web site in Columbus, Indiana, on May 20, 2012.
It was also reprinted on the Channel 3 in Springfield, Massachusetts, web site on May 20, 2012.
|April 25, 2012||An article in the Danbury News Times, concerning archaeological efforts hoping to unearth artifacts associated with the Battle of Ridgefield, which occurred on April 27, 1777, one of only 2 battles which occurred in Connecticut during the Revolutionary War.|
|March 29, 2012||An article in the Shoreline Times, concerning attempts by local groups to save two historic buildings, following the demolition of two other buildings, at Foster Pond State Park in Killingworth.|
|February 21, 2012||An article in from the Rocky Hill Patch, describing a clean-up at the Dividend Brook Industrial Archaeological District . In 2002, amateur archaeologist June Cooke, along with FOSA members, conducted a dig in Dividend Park. In 2004, the land was designated as a state archaeological preserve and was placed on the State Historic Register after years of research and review. Nick Bellatoni of the Office of State Archaeology and archaeology consultant Bruce Greene provided insight to members of the Rocky Hill Hiking Club during a hike at Dividend Park on Feb. 11.|
|February 20, 2012||An article from the Hartford Courant on Dividend Park in Rocky Hill, on efforts to both clean up the park area. In addition, input from State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni was sought to get his input on what could be done to improve conditions in the park without disturbing buried artifacts or state-protected ruins. (In 2006, Connecticut designated the area as an archaeological preserve, the Dividend Brook Industrial Archaeological District, which restricts what can be removed from the property.)|
|January 23, 2012||An article in from the Norwich Bulletin on speculation on what a "The History of the Quiet Corner in 100 Objects" equivalent to the British Museum's book "A History of the World in 100 Objects" might contain. Suggested items include everything from a 2000 year-old cooking pot to objects found in a hotel built in the late 19th century.|
|December 26, 2011||An article in theday.com, on the possibility that remains of abolitionist David Ruggles might exist in an unmarked grave in Yantic Cemetery in Norwice, CT. The article describes activities, led by State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni and involving the use of Ground Penetrating Radar, to determine the location of possible burial sites from which DNA samples might be taken.|
|October 27, 2011||An article from the Norwich Bulletin, describing a talk by Nick Bellantoni on October 24 at the Cragin Library on vampire beliefs in New England. Also touched on was the uncovering of a family burial plot in Griswold in 1990, where a number bodies had been exhumed and had their skeletal bones rearranged and been decapitated.|
|October 13, 2011||An article from the Litchfield County Times about the march into captivity of the defeated British and Hessian forces of British general "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne from their defeat at the Battle of Saratoga. And about a talk of the march to be given on October 21 at the Douglas Library in Canaan.|
|September 30, 2011||An article from the Hartford Courant regarding upcoming Archaeology Field School sessions, open to adults and children, and to be led by FOSA Board member Mandy Ranslow.|
|July 14, 2011||An article in nhregister.com reporting on the old Catholic \ cemetery that was unearthed at the Yale New Haven construction site. State Archaeologist, Nick Bellantoni and student assistants excavated the site and removed the remains of several individuals where they are to be examined by Yale's Biological Anthropology Laboratories.|
|(various)||Articles concerning the exhumation of the wanderer known as the
"Leatherman", an attempt (unsuccessful) to hopefully determine who he was.
May 26, 2011 - The Journal News (lohud.com) May 31, 2011 - RecordJournal
May 26, 2011 - New Haven Register
|May 16, 2011||An article in theday.com reporting on a talk Nick Bellantoni gave in Montville, about the various archaeological results uncovered in Connecticut. A mastodon's skeletal remains, tools left behind from the state's first inhabitants and graffiti from the early 18th century are just some of the finds by state archaeologist.|
|March 2, 2011||An article in the New York Times about the upcoming exhumation of the Leatherman from a pauper's grave in Ossining, NY, in an attempt to learn his identity and to move his body to a safer spot and give him a proper marker. Examination of his bones and teeth will hopefully provide clues to the man's origins and health as well, according to Nick Bellantoni.|
|February 15, 2011||An article in the Hartford Advocate, on work by museums - including the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center in Ledyard, CT - to match individual names to pieces of American Indian art, using both historical records and even (in extraordinary circumstances) fingerprints.|
|February 3, 2011||An article in the Litchfield County Times concerning Venture Smith, his life and biography; and explains the Venture Smith Project, including the fact that State Archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni conducted the excavation of Smith's grave in Haddam Cemetery. The Project is based on the narrative Venture Smith dictated to a school teacher in 1798. At that point Smith had reached 70 years of age and, looking back over his life, wanted to record it. The narrative is short, about 10,000 words; and can be broken into three parts: Smith's birth and childhood, slavery, and post-slavery life.|
|January 20, 2011||An article in LoHud.com: A state Supreme Court ruling will allow a team of professionals led by Connecticut's state archaeologist to dig up the remains of the Leather Man, an unidentified man who traveled through Connecticut and Westchester and died in the area. A number of forensic tests will be conducted, he said, including DNA testing of a molar or bone to determine the Leather Man's ancestry and carbon isotope analysis to establish his diet during his first 20 years of life.|
|January 9, 2011||An article in TheHour.com: Local archaeologists and University of Connecticut students will soon get a chance to participate in research at ancient sites in a new partnership with Italian officials. Michael Fedele, the state's former lieutenant governor, says the archaeological exploration program will focus on the centuries-old region of Minturno, Italy. Connecticut State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni says they're eager for the chance for UConn students to participate in the research. Details are being worked out.|
|December 20, 2010||An article in the Hartford Courant: A Madison, Connecticut resident has found stone formations that he believes Native Americans built long ago to mark solstice sunrises. Similar formations can be found from Long Island through Connecticut and into the Catskill Mountains in New York.|
November 20, 2010
November 13, 2010
|Two articles in greenwichtime.com concerning what happens when roads, buildings, or other construction activities unearth human remains, which can often be located within 3 feet of the surface. The earlier article contains 6 images.|
|October 26, 2010||An article in the Connecticut Post, accompanied by 7 photos, describing efforts -- ultimately unsuccessful -- to discover the remains of 24 soldiers (8 Colonists, 16 British) who died during a Revolutionary War battle in Ridgefield, near what is now the Casagmo condominium complex. Ground Penetrating Radar, core-sampling auger, and metal detectors were used in the search.|
|October 23, 2010||An review from the Norwich Bulletin on a travelogue titled "The New England Grimpendium," which describes where to find things such as haunted houses and Colonial "vampire" graves (excavated by State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni). There are also sites associated with noteworthy New Englanders described in the book, such as prominent authors Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft and Nathaniel Hawthorne.|
|October 1, 2010||Article from the New Haven Register: A recent archaeological survey on land poised for a controversial apartment complex on Prospect Street did not produce any evidence of Revolutionary War soldiers' remains, which some residents had contended were there. A group of soldiers suffering from smallpox was dropped off by British soldiers during the Revolutionary War and eventually died, in the area of Milford Cemetery.|
|August 1, 2010||Article from the Ridgefield Press: Connecticut State Archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni will use a radar device to search for the exact location of the original meeting houses of the First Congregational Church of Ridgefield, CT.|
|July 31, 2010||Article from the Norwich Bulletin: A land preserve in Sprague, CT, will be the site of an archaeological dig in the fall of 2010.|
|July 19, 2010||Article from theday.com The National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program has awarded a $19,000 grant to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center to research details of the 1636-1638 battles between colonial settlers and Pequot Indians at Fort Saybrook (Saybrook Point, Old Saybrook, CT.) The investigative team includes the Office of the Connecticut State Archaeologist.|
|July 11, 2010||Article from Federal News Radio 1500AM about a project in Mystic, CT, to map the battlefields of the Pequot War which is bringing musket balls, gunflints and arrowheads into the sunlight for the first time in centuries.|
|July 9, 2010||Article from the Housatonic Times involving discussions in New Milford focused on the town's plan of conservation. In it, state archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni notes that Remediation of sites where cultural remains might be disturbed can usually be accomplished without any costs to the town or the developer.|
|July 6, 2010||Article from the newstimes.com: State Archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni was called in after a tribal burial ground was found in New Milford, CT, when excavation for an affordable housing complex began.|
|April 15, 2010||Article from the Housatonic Times regarding an upcoming talk about the man known as the "Leatherman" and a hike to several of his local stops along his travels. His grave in Scarborough, NY may need to be moved; and if Dr. Bellantoni can obtain a wisdom tooth, it's possible his ancestry can be determined.|
|February 11, 2010||Article from the Litchfield County Times, regarding the awarding of a $13,392 Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grant to the CT Trust for Historic Preservation, to do a historic structures report on Seven Hearths, their historic house museum in Kent.|
|December 15, 2009||Article from the AAPR Bulletin concerning the reburial in Guilford of bones believed belonging to a Native American who lived in the Guilford area between 500 and 1000 years ago.|
|(various)||Articles concerning the burial of the Revolutionary Soldier referenced
originally in August, 2009. The soldier's skull had been under the care of State Archaeologist Nick
Bellantoni since the early 1990s.
November 6, 2009 - New Haven Register November 29, 2009 - New Haven Register
November 25, 2009 - Nashua Telegraph
|October 23, 2009||Article from EastonCourier.com on a recently-published book, "Historical and Archeological Assessment Survey of Easton", describing its cultural and archaeological history. Over 100 archaeological sites have been found, some containing articles over 10,000 years old, registered with the Connecticut Historical Commission and the Office of State Archaeology.|
|October, 2009||Blog from Helen Urbinas of the Hartford Courant on Nick Bellantoni (aka "Indiana Bellantoni"), his life and his experiences.|
|October 1, 2009||Article in the Register Citizen, in which Nick Bellantoni discussed Colonial New Englanders' beliefs concerning the deceased returning to life.|
Many articles have been posted as a result of Nick Bellantoni's appearance on the History Channel's MysteryQuest
episode entitled "Hitler's Escape" both in conventional news media and in various web sites. The Connecticut
State Archaeologist was requested by the History Channel to travel to both Germany and Moscow to
study the remains which are said to be those of Adolf Hitler, although the results of his trip throw
this into some doubt. The articles are listed below:
September 28, 2009 - AOL News September 28, 2009 - leeloveshottrends.com
September 26, 2009 - Vos Iz Neias (Yiddish: What's News?) September 27, 2009- guardian.co.uk (United Kingdom)
September 29, 2009 - DesPardes.com (South Asia) September 29, 2009 - YouTube.com ("The Hitler Project")
September 29, 2009 - Connecticut Post September 29, 2009 - Washington Examiner
September 29, 2009 - BBC News (United Kingdom) September 28, 2009 - Google: Hosted News
September 29, 2009 - Minneapolis Star Tribune September 29, 2009 - Fresno Bee
September 29, 2009 - The Week Magazine
September 29, 2009 - ABC News September 29, 2009 - COSMOS Magazine (Australia)
September 29, 2009 - channelnewsasia.com (Singapore) September 28, 2009 - Fox News
September 28, 2009 - Perth Now (Austrailia) September 28, 2009 - The Sun (United Kingdom)
September 27, 2009 - Fox55 Wausau September 28, 2009 - Telegraph.co.uk (United Kingdom)
September 28, 2009 - Daily Mail (United Kingdom) September 30, 2009 - University of Connecticut
September 30, 2009 - Scribe Culture September 30, 2009 - UPI.com
September 28, 2009 - BritainNews.net (United Kingdom) September 29, 2009 - Fox61 Hartford
December 9, 2009 - Daily Mail (United Kingdom) December 11, 2009 - CNN.com
December 9, 2009 - Houston.craigslist December 9, 2009 - ABC News
September 16, 2009
Article put out by television station WTNH of New Haven, concerning a field trip / dig for selected
students of Daniel Hand High School.
Several articles exist on the apparent location of the crash site of Lt. Eugene Bradley in what is
now Bradley Field (named for him after he was killed in the 1941 crash) by Nick Bellantoni, using a
Ground Penetrating Radar device. The articles are listed below:
September 15, 2009 - WNPR radio article September 15, 2009 - UPI announcement
September 30, 2009 - NBC Connecticut November 26, 2010 - New Haven Register
November 25, 2010 - thehour.com
September 8, 2009
Article in the Connecticut Daily Campus, about the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History on the
UConn campus in Storrs, CT. The museum is home to the Office of State Archaeology, the Connecticut
Archaeology Center and to the Stone Wall Initiative ... though it often goes unnoticed by many.
August 30, 2009
Article in the Connecticut Post, about the skull of a Revolutionary War soldier, in the custody of
the UConn Archaeology Department, which Nick Bellantoni will be doing forensic analysis on prior
to its being properly interred.
August 17, 2009
Article in the NorwichBulletin.com, with additional information on the finds of archaeological
interest at the site of the former Norwich Hospital as presented by Nick Bellantoni.
August 11, 2009
Article in TheDay.com, concerning 2 possible archaeological sites located at the site of the
former Norwich Hospital.
August 5, 2009
Article in the Westport News concerning research on a building in Westport dating back to the
Revolutionary War (it was known as West Parish back then).
July 31, 2009
A second article, this one in the Online Hour, concerning use of high-tech equipment (electromagnetic
induction and Ground Penetrating Radar) to search for structural remains of the West Parish Meeting
House in Westport.
July 22, 2009
Article by the Ridgefield Press concerning a re-examination of the formal gardens of the Casagmo
Condominium community using sonar scan.
June 29, 2009
Article in the Connecticut Post concerning efforts to restore 4 historic graveyards in Easton, trace
their histories, and identify individuals in unmarked graves.
June 11, 2009
Article in the Mystic Times on excavation activities at the Ebenezer Avery House in Groton.
March 28, 2009
Article in newstimes.com about an archaeological dig in Ridgefield, CT, at a location believed to be
the site of a Revolutionary War encampment.
March 3, 2009
Photo spread from the Hartford Courant, of images taken from the Connecticut State Museum of.
Natural History exhibits.
March 2, 2009
Article from UConn Advance on the possible closing of the Museum of Natural History / Connecticut
Archaeology Center and the Benton Museum of Art.
January 16, 2009
Article in the Kent Good Times Dispatch on the discovery of Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp
Macedonia in Kent, which was investigated by Nick Bellantoni.
December 5, 2008
Article in the Kent Good Times Dispatch involving concerns over a Schaghticoke Indian tribal schism
and a disputed burial site, which was investigated by Nick Bellantoni.
November 2, 2008
Article in the Record Journal concerning the "Leather Man", which Nick Bellantoni discusses and for
which he wrote a review of a book about the Leather Man by a local author.
November 2, 2008
Article in the Register Citizen about a vampire scare which affected a family in Jewett City in 1854,
which OSA investigated.
October 10, 2008
Article in the New York Times concerning efforts to gain Pequot War battle sites listed in the
June 17, 2008
Article in the Journal Inquirer on Nick Bellantoni: 20 years of digging through the past.
May 8, 2008
Article in the East Hartford Gazette on the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the
Office of State Archaeology.
Article in the Manchester Historical Society "Courier" on continuing archaeological activities at the
former Pitkin Glass Works in Manchester CT, supervised by Nick Bellantoni and with help from FOSA and
March 4, 2001
Article in the New York Times regarding the Pachaug Rockshelter (Voluntown, CT) hoax.