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UPCOMING EVENTS

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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• 2015 FOSA ANNUAL MEETING

When: Saturday January 24, 2015 starts at 1:00PM (snow date: Sunday, January 25)

Note: Due to weather predictions of snow and icy-rain on both the initial and snow dates above, the FOSA Annual Meeting is being rescheduled. Current expectation is that it will be held on February 21 but this is NOT certain. This web site will be updated when a new date & snow-date have been finalized.

Where: Farmington High School, 10 Montieth Drive, Farmington, CT
What: We are pleased to announce that this year's speaker will be Douglas W. Owsley, Ph.D., Division Head of Physical Anthropology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. His presentation will be on the "Secrets of Kennewick Man: The Investigation of an Ancient American Skeleton."
Abstract: A 9000-year-old skeleton was accidentally found in 1996 on the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington. After legal wrangling to gain access to the skeleton, Douglas Owsley and a team of specialists were allowed to conduct a 16-day study of the skeleton in 2005. Among his conclusions, Owsley says that Kennewick Man was from the northern Pacific coast, not the inland region where he was found. His ancestry is closer to coastal East Asians than Native Americans, a discovery that makes many scientists rethink the history of the human migration of North America. In this presentation, Owsley examines more of the secrets held so long by the bones of Kennewick Man.
> In the event of inclement weather, FOSA will post a notice on WTIC (AM 1080) by 10:30 AM
> To view a flyer for the meeting, please click Meeting Flyer.
> To read an article on Kennewick Man, put out by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, please click Kennewick Man.
> For a biographical sketch of Dr. Owsley on Wikipedia, please click Douglas Owsley.
Cost: General Admission: $10.00;  non-Farmington students with ID: $5.00;  FOSA, ASC, CSMNH and Farmington students & faculty admitted free with ID.
Directions:
From I-84 East or West:
1) Take Exit 39, proceed west on Route 4/Farmington Avenue for 3.9 miles, crossing Route 10 at about 1.5 miles.
2) Approximately 2.4 miles past Route 10, turn right on Monteith Drive.
3) Drive past Town Hall at right, to Farmington High School at top of hill. Follow signs to parking and auditorium.
From Route 4 East:
Drive 1.25 miles east of Route 177, turn left on Monteith Drive.
Follow step 3 directions above.


• Brian Jones Speaking Engagement: "Five Things Everyone should Know about the Native Archaeology of Connecticut"

When: Saturday, January 31; 1:00 PM
Where: New Canaan Library (Adrian Lamb Room), 151 Main Street, New Canaan, CT
What: Join State Archaeologist Brian Jones for a fascinating exploration of Connecticut's pre-history. Ninety-seven percent of the history of Connecticut occurred prior to the arrival of Europeans, yet this period is only cursorily covered in the state’s secondary school curriculum. In fact, Connecticut provides an important laboratory for the global study of human adaptation to changing social and natural environments.
> To view an abstract on Dr. Jones' talk, and register to attend, please click here.
> To access the New Canaan Library's web site, click
here.
> For additional information, call 203-594-5000.


• Author Marilyn Johnson discusses her book "LIVES IN RUINS: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble"

When: Thursday, February 5; 7:00 PM
Where: New Canaan Library (Adrian Lamb Room), 151 Main Street, New Canaan, CT
What: Join us for an exciting evening with author Marilyn Johnson as she shares stories from her new book, Lives in Ruins. In the book, Johnson will discuss the unglamorous, workaday archeologists who sift through the detritus of the past to explore our own connections with those who came before us — working not only in romantic landscapes like Greece or Machu Picchu, but more often in urban construction sites, forgotten graveyards, and even underwater.
> To view an abstract on Ms. Johnson's talk, and register to attend, please click here.
> To access the New Canaan Library's web site, click here.
> For additional information, call 203-594-5000.


• Brian Jones Speaking Engagement: "Five Things Everyone should Know about the Native Archaeology of Connecticut"

When: Sunday, February 8; 2:00 PM
Where: Barnum Museum, 820 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT
What: Join State Archaeologist Brian Jones for a fascinating exploration of Connecticut's pre-history. Ninety-seven percent of the history of Connecticut occurred prior to the arrival of Europeans, yet this period is only cursorily covered in the state’s secondary school curriculum. In fact, Connecticut provides an important laboratory for the global study of human adaptation to changing social and natural environments.
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation, members free.
> To view an abstract on Dr. Jones' talk, and register to attend, please click here.
> For additional information, call 203-331-1104.


• Hammonasset Beach Hike

When: Saturday February 21, 2015 starts at 1:00PM
Where: Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, CT (behind the Nature Center) - Exit 62 off I-95
What: Nature/Archaeology Hike at 1PM from Meigs Point Nature Center led by Gary Nolf and Don Rankin, representing Friends of the Office of State Archaeology and Friends of Hammonasset. Hopefully we can spot some seals sunning themselves off Meigs Point. Archaeology exhibits will be available in the Nature Center from 11AM to 3pm; folks can bring their own artifacts for interpretation. The atlatl will be demonstrated. Folks participate at their own risk and should dress for wintry conditions.
> Individuals planning to participate should arrive at least 15 minutes before the starting time. Hikers should bring water and wear layers of clothing and sturdy, warm hiking boots or shoes, as well as hats and gloves. The hike will depart on time and return to the starting point. Anticipate wintery conditions; trails may be icy in spots. Hikers participate at their own risk!
Note: This is a repeat of the First Day Hike held on January 1, which attracted 130 intrepid souls despite challenging weather. It is part of the Bauer Series of environmental and educational programs.
Also Note:On display will be a variety of locally discovered Native American artifacts including the Mansion Inn Type projectile points discovered in Madison about 50 years ago. We will also have on display a collection of points from the Hammonasset Lake bed, artifacts from the Indian Rock shelter (Manstan site) in Killingworth and will also have a Danish, grey flint, polished and flaked stone axe head recently donated to us. This piece is from the neolithic period in Denmark and dated 4,000-6,000 years old.
And, Gary Nolf will discuss and demonstrate the atlatl, always a crowd pleaser! Click each image to see a larger version of it.
        
> The event is free and open to the public. Entrance to the Park and parking are free.
> Refreshments will be available in the Nature Center.
> For additional information call 203-245-9192.
> Please Note: Dogs are not permitted on the hike.

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

When: repeated at various times during 2015.
              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!


OTHER GROUPS' UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

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


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