Of Interest to FOSA Members and the General Public

Note: At various times, you may find reference made to hikes given by the State Archaeologist in the list below.
To get an idea of what these are like, please access our YouTube Videos page.

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• Brian Jones Speaking Engagement: "An Ice Age Odyssey: The Pope Mastodon's Epic Journey Through Life, Death, Storage Crates and Museums"

When: Thursday, June 2, 7:00PM.
Where: Old Lyme Town Hall, 52 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT
What: In August of 1913, workmen digging a ditch on the Hill-Stead estate of A.A. Pope in Farmington uncovered the remains of a mastodon. The huge bones were excavated by a crew of scientists from the Yale Peabody Museum, where the mastodon was taken for conservation and study. Shortly thereafter it ended up in storage back in Farmington where it was largely forgotten for decades. In the late 1970s, the Institute for American Indian Studies tracked down the mastodon at Yale, arranged an extended loan, and placed it on exhibit. A decade later, the mastodon was transferred back to Yale and then the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UConn. Ignored again for decades, the scientific significance of the remains was recently brought back to public attention when a successful radiocarbon date on a tusk fragment was conducted indicating that "Old Longtooth" passed away about 14,500 years ago. This talk summarizes the Pope Mastodon's epic journey and his (or her) continuing importance to understanding Connecticut's ancient environment and history.
For additional info: please access the Potapaug Audobon Society's flyer by clicking here.

• Brian Jones Lecture: "Connecticut's Earliest European Settlers: Recent Finds from Glastonbury and Windsor"

When: Sunday, June 12, 2:00PM
Where: Bruce Museum, One Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830
What: State Archaeologist Jones has led these excavations that date between AD 1650 and AD 1721. He will explain how they bring to light Connecticut's Colonial past and its earliest European settlers. Modern radar-based surveys have helped find these long forgotten sites.
Cost: Free to Archaeology Associates of Greenwich members and students with and ID; $15 for others.
For additional info: you can access the Brce Museum's June Calendar page by clicking here. To see a newspaper announcement of the talk, please click here.

Fall Preview: Jamestown Settlement, Arlington National Cemetery, and Old Town Alexandra, VA Trip

When: leave:Friday September 23   return:Sunday September 25
Where: Jamestown, Virginia
What: The fee includes round trip bus transportation (gratuity included), two nights' accommodations Old Town, Alexandria, VA, two 2 hot buffet breakfasts at the hotel, entrance to Historic Jamestown and Arlington National Cemetery.
This trip is sponsored by the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (FOSA) with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center at UConn. Advance registration with full payment to FOSA is required prior to trip. To request a registration form please Further details will be provided as they become available. Can accommodate up to 40 people, so you should make your reservations early.
To register: print off and fill out the Regsitration Form and return it along with your payment to...
CSMNH; UConn; Unit 1023; Storrs, CT 06269-1023; Attn: Jamestown. Make check out to "FOSA".
Cost: $375 double, $340 triple and $320 quad accommodations ($500 single). For more information on the trip itself, please review the Registration Form.
For a brochure on the trip, please click Brochure.
Additional Info: Potential attendees are encouraged to look at the 2 Jamestown videos on the YouTube Videos on this web site, specifically items 16 and 16a, to get an idea of what conditions were like during that first terrible winter, and what happened there ... and the archaeological research techniques being brought to bear there. Featured in item 16a is Dr. Douglas Owsley, who was the featured speaker at our 2015 Annual Meeting.
Web Site: To access the Jamestown web site, please click Historic Jamestowne.
Contact: For questions, please contact David Colberg at Dave Colberg or call 860-486-5690.

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"History Channel: MysteryQuest: Hitler's Escape with Dr. Nick Bellantoni"

When: repeated at various times during 2016. Check your local listings!
Where: History Channel
What: Former CT State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni was requested by the History Channel to travel to both Germany and Moscow to study the remains which are said to be those of Adolph Hitler. It was a tremendous adventure for Dr. Bellantoni; and good reviews for UConn as well. Watch the History Channel to hear the whole story!


Archaeological Society of Connecticut   (click the "ASC" button in the "... Events" section of the ASC home page)

Conference on New England Archaeology.

CT Archaeology Center / Office of State Archaeology .

Connecticut Gravestone Network (Facebook).

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History.

Ellington Historical Society.

Friends of Center Cemetery

Friends of Hammonassett.

Institute for American Indian Studies.

Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club.

Madison Historical Society

Museum of Connecticut Glass

Scranton Memorial Library