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Date Article
November 20, 2017 An article in CTpost.com about the use of Ground Penetrating Radar at the Beardsley Zoo, to map the maze of burrows that's home to the zoo's two black- tailed prairie dog colonies.
November 11, 2017 An article in thehour.com about archaeological work that's to be done at the site of the Walk Bridge replacement in Norwalk, which archival documents suggest might have been the site of a Native American fort hundreds of years ago.
October 27, 2017 CISION article (prweb.com) concerning on upcoming excavations to occur on the campus of Lauralton Hall in Milford, CT. The college preparatory school announced a pilot program, the Science of Archaeology, featuring an archaeological dig on the School's campus. Students enrolled in the Science of Archaeology course will be excavating the site of a former Victorian greenhouse on campus. The site was chosen based on archival research and photographs provided by a 1934 aerial survey conducted by the State of Connecticut.
(various) Articles relating to shipwreck finds on beneath the Black Sea, in which a UConn Associate Professor of Archaeology (Avery Point) Kroum Batchvarov was involved. Finds included a 2000 year-old cargo ship and several 4th-5th century BC other shipwrecks.
Please Note: This work was being conducted under the auspices of the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (aka "Black Sea MAP") of the University of Southampton in the U.K. To access a web site associated with this project, please click Black Sea MAP.
September, 2017, UConn Today September 25, 2017, CT Post
July 24, 2017 Article from the University of Denver Magazine concerning the use of Ground Penetrating Radar at a CT site by a leading authority on GPR from Denver.
July 26, 2017 Article from the Hartford Courant concerning a dig at the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead and Museum in Windsor, led by Dr. Brian Jones.
(various) Articles concerning forums given by FOSA member Dr. Don Rankin concerning racism in America and mitigating it. For additional background on this talk, please click here.
March 30, 2017, New Haven Register April 4, 2017, Hartford Courant
January 16, 2017 An article in the New York Times.com concerning the role that metal detector users ("detectorists") can play in locating unsuspected archaeological sites, though with the caveat the artifacts taken out of context could render them or the site useless archaeologically.
January 10, 2017 An article in the New Canaan Advertiser.com concerning excavations being undertaken in the Merritt Village site where M2 Partners are looking for possible human remains, whether any found are on the property, and related issues. State Archaeologist Brian Jones has been called in on an advisory capacity.
(various) Articles in the Glastonbury Citizen by FOSA member Susan Motycka titled the "Founding Fathers of Nayaug, Part I", "...Part II", and "...Part III", which include background history of John Hollister and the Lt. John Hollister Site in Glastonbury.
January 5, 2017 January 19, 2017 March 16, 2017 April 27, 2017
(various) Articles regarding GPR analyses done by Brian Jones and Debbie Surabian and others on the Maple Street Cemetery concerning allegations of sloppy work, which were responded to by the group requesting the survery and which rebutted the allegations.
December 18, 2016, NCAdvertiser March 1, 2017, NCAdvertiser.com
September 1, 2016 An article in the Glastonbury Citizen, describing both activities at and some history on the Lt. John Hollister Site in Glastonbury.
(various) Articles on a find in Windsor, signs of a cellar that had been backfilled. The Hartford Courant reports that further investigation revealed eighteenth-century artifacts as well as a few from the seventeenth century, including pottery, food waste, nails, and clay pipes at a site thought to have been the home of Captain John Mason. In 1637, Mason led English colonists, allied with Narragansetts, in the "Mystic Massacre".
August 4, 2016 - Archaeology (from AIA) August 1, 2014, 2016 - Hartford Courant
June 23, 2016 An article in Greenwich-Post.com describing atalk to be given by Brian Jones at the Bruce Museum titled "Connecticut's Earliest European Settlers: Recent Finds from Glastonbury and Windsor."
March 4, 2016 An article in the Hartford Courant describing a talk to be given by Brian Jones titled "Connecticut's Earliest European Settlers: Recent Finds from Glastonbury and Windsor."
November 25, 2015 An article in theday.com about Brian Jones, concerning his past his responsibilities as CT State Archaeologist, and his related activities, both in the field and in managing the collections which his office is responsible for.
November 19, 2015 An article in the Hartford Courant on a soapstone quarry in Peoples' State Forest in Barkhamsted, discussing what was manufactured there. Even more interesting is the fact that the quarry itself was forgotten when better materials became available, and then was subsequently rediscovered.
November 18, 2015 An article in TheDay.com on Gungywamp, which appeared on a Science Channel episode. Dr. Jones voices some opinions on it and the theories of its origin.
November 2, 2015 An article in the Hartford Courant on a "Walktober" event in Canterbury at the Captain John Clark property that was led by Nick Bellantoni.
July 24, 2015 An article in the Hartford Courant on a week-long dig in Windsor searching for remains of a 1633 trading post along the Connecticut River.
January 21, 2015 An article in the New Canaan News, discussing Brian Jones' first 6 months on the job, what the State Archaeologist does generally, and related subjects.
August 28, 2014 An article in theDay.com about the efforts of Brian Jones, and Nick Bellantoni, assisting Debbie Surabian, at the Nature and Heritage Center at Coogan Farm to use Ground Penetrating Radar to find signs of what is thought to be the home of the first European settler in Mystic.
July 20, 2014 An article in the Hartford Courant, on the history, use and problems facing Connecticut's rivers.
(various) Articles on Nick Bellantoni's retirement and replacement by Dr. Brian Jones.
July 16, 2014 - Milford Mirror July 15, 2014, 2014 - Hartford Courant
July 17, 2014 - Monroe Courier
June 25, 2014 A quick "Thumbs Up" from the Danbury News Times to Nick Bellantoni and his volunteer helpers on excavations at St. Platon's Church in Danbury.
(various) Articles concerning excavations going on in New Haven for a new apartment complex. Local historian Rob Greenberg felt there might be significant colonial artifacts in the apartment site which would be vulnerable to destruction. Nick Bellantoni has agreed to work with the developer, to monitor activities, recover and record any artifacts encountered.
April 18, 2014 - New Haven Independent April 25, 2014 - New Haven Independent
April 28, 2014 - New Haven Register
(various) Articles describing various talks given by Nick Bellantoni on New England vampire beliefs.
February 25, 2014 - Shoreline Times November 2, 2008 - RegisterCitizen
October, 2012 - smithsonian.com
February 22, 2014 An article in the norwich bulletin about a talk sponsored by the Norwich Historical Society, in which State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni discussed his efforts in the restoration of the tomb of Revolutionary War patriot Samuel Huntington and his wife Martha, which they shared in the Norwichtown Cemetery and which had fallen into disrepair. The Society invited Bellantoni to return to Norwich and talk about Huntington's career and the restoration of his final resting place. Samuel Huntington was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, chief justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court and governor of Connecticut for 10 years; he presided over Congress when the Articles of Confederation were ratified.
February 21, 2014 An article in the norwich bulletin about an excavation to be undertaken by FOSA volunteers, looking for remains of a house in Bozrah and working in concert with the Bozrah Historical Society. Drawings show a tenement house on the now-vacant site in 1868.
June 10, 2013 An article in "UConn Today" concerning the excavation of a mikveh (Jewish ritual bath) at the site of the former Chesterfield Synagogue. Per the article, A mikveh is an essential part of married life in traditionally observant Jewish households, and thr stone and wood-lined structure from Old Chesterfield may be the only mikveh excavated outside a major North American city. It is a unique find.
May 14, 2013 A photo gallery from the "My Towns:Windsor" segment of the Hartford Courant, pictographically showing a dig at the Strong-Howard House in Windsor, CT, which included both Nick Bellantoni and members of FOSA.
(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 October 31, 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 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.
August 14, 2012 - newstimes.com February 25, 2013 - New Haven Register
July 13, 2013 - Hartford Courant
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.
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 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.)
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 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.
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.
June 10, 2011 Article in theday.com about a dig undertaken by Kevin McBride and students from the UConn Archaeological Field School launched a dig at the Denison Homestead Thursday to seek evidence of a stockade and troops preparing to fight in King Philip's War from 1675 to 1676..
(various) Articles concerning the exhumation of the wanderer known as the "Leatherman", an attempt (unsuccessful) to hopefully determine who he was.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
(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
October 1, 2009 Article in the Register Citizen, in which Nick Bellantoni discussed Colonial New Englanders' beliefs concerning the deceased returning to life.
(various) 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 26, 2009 - Vos Iz Neias (Yiddish: What's News?) September 27, 2009- guardian.co.uk (United Kingdom)
September 29, 2009 - The Week Magazine December 9, 2009 - ABC News
September 29, 2009 - ABC News September 29, 2009 - BBC News (United Kingdom)
September 28, 2009 - Telegraph.co.uk (United Kingdom) September 28, 2009 - Fox News
September 28, 2009 - Daily Mail (United Kingdom) September 30, 2009 - University of Connecticut
September 30, 2009 - UPI.com
December 9, 2009 - Daily Mail (United Kingdom) December 11, 2009 - CNN.com
(various) 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 - UPI announcement September 30, 2009 - NBC Connecticut
November 26, 2010 - New Haven Register
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.
October 10, 2008 Article in the New York Times concerning efforts to gain Pequot War battle sites listed in the National Register.
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.
February, 2004 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 other groups.
March 4, 2001 Article in the New York Times regarding the Pachaug Rockshelter (Voluntown, CT) hoax.