SELECTED DIGS' PHOTOS

This section contains images from excavations which have been reported in news publications, and are thus public knowledge. While the images have been taken primarily by Ken and Bonnie Beatrice of the FOSA Outreach committee, they will where available be supplemented by images from those publications.

Please click on any photo-icon to access and "walk" through the gallery.


May 14-15, 2013      Strong-Howard House   Windsor CT
On May 14 and 15, 2013, excavations were undertaken at the Strong-Howard House in preparation for a restoration of the house. The floor of one of the additions had been pulled up, offering an opportunity for the Windsor Historical Society to find out what treasures lay in the soil under the floor boards. The two bottles that were found are thought to be from around 1850. In addition were found a button, bones, bottles, smoking pipes and a musket ball. The original house was built around 1758 by Windsor merchant John Strong. Nathaniel Howard, a West Indies trader who married into a wealthy East Windsor family, had the home from 1772 to 1837, according to the historical society.

In addition to these photos, a photo montage was published in the "My Towns: Windsor" section of the Hartford Courant. These additional photos and accompanying text may be found by clicking Courant Photos.

There is also an article about the dig in the "Reprints" section of this website, which you can access by clicking Strong-Howard House Archaeology.
 


August 30, 2013 - end of summer      233 High Street   East Hartford CT
Beginning August 30, Nick Bellantoni, assisted by a number of FOSA volunteers, began excavations of a property at 233 High Street in East Hartford, CT. Steve Bielitz, owner of Glastonbury Restoration, a company that specializes in preserving and restoring period buildings, said he dismantled a home there that was built around 1740 and invited Bellantoni to survey the land for historic artifacts. The property is now owned by Goodwin College, which also agreed to the archaeological dig, and is slated for campus expansion. The excavations are continuing at this writing (October, 2013).

There are also several images which appeared in the October 3, 2013 Journal Inquirer, accompanied by extensive descriptive captions, which can be accessed by clicking JI Images.
 


August, 2016 - final day of excavations - Hollister site, Wethersfield, CT
Take an "earwitness" journey with Walt Woodward on the latest "Grating the Nutmeg" podcast (episode 13) to the 1659 John Hollister homesite on the Connecticut River in ancient Wethersfield, and join the archaeologists, graduate students, and volunteers from many walks of life as they uncover one of the richest early colonial sites ever found in Connecticut. Clicking any of these photo icons will bring you to the CT Explored site where they're shown full-sized along with accompanying text.
(Photos by Walter Woodward, CT State Historian)