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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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FOSA Summer Field School (FOSA Members Only)
When: Monday, July 20 9:00AM -3:00PM (approx.) thru Friday, July 24 9:00AM-3:00PM (approx.)
Where: An excavation in Windsor (details provided to FOSA attendees)
What: FOSA members are invited to take part in the 2015 FOSA Summer Field School. Participants must be prepared to walk 1.25 miles to the site and will be expected to organize their own lunch and water. Long sleeves, long pants, sturdy gloves and bug repellent are strongly recommended. FOSA members can come for one or more days, but should email Kathy Walburn at with their expected schedule so we can plan appropriately. This is an exceptional learning opportunity that Dr. Jones hopes many FOSA member elect to take part in.
> For non-FOSA individuals: If you would like to join FOSA and participate, please contact Kathy Walburn (above) for information on how to do so. Individual membership fee: $25.
> For FOSA members: Please see the email which was sent out on June 19 for details; or, contact Kathy Walburn (above).

• Nature-Fest 2015 - Archaeology Road Show
When: Saturday, July 25 11:00AM -4:00PM
Where: Madison Green, Route 1, Madison CT
What: FOSA members Don Rankin and Gary Nolf will participate with an "Archaeology Road Show" booth in the Nature-Fest 2015 in Madison. (Next to them will also be geology/paleontology exhibit.) They'll have samples from collections on display from local archaeological sites including the Mansion Inn Type points, Hammonasset Lake bed collection and artifacts from the Indian Rock shelter (Manstan Site) in Killingworth. Gary will have a variety of atlatls for display as well.
Cost: The event is free and open to the public.
For additional information: please click flyer to see the Nature-Fest flyer.
For information on the Archaeology Road Show: click Road Show Info to get to the "Digs: Frequently Asked Questions" page's section where it's mentioned; or click Road Show Video to see a half-hour video of Don and Gary describing it.
For information on the 2015 Schumann Series: click Schumann Flyer.

• CT State Museum of Natural History (CSMNH) Adult Archaeology Field School
When: Monday August 3 thru Friday August 7 (9:00AM thru 3:00PM)
Where: Central Connecticut (directions will be sent to participants)
Taught By: Dr. Brian Jones, State Archaeologist, CSMNH UConn
What: Spend an entire week learning about archaeology at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center's Field School! This field school will cover the cultural aspects of archaeology, as well as proper archaeological field techniques and data management. As a member of this program, you will have the opportunity to participate in a dig at an archaeological site as part of the official team of investigators under the Office of State Archaeology.
Of Note:
> Advance registration required: $400 ($300 for CSMNH members & donors)
> Participants: Adults and teens age 16 and above.
> To register for this event, please click Registration Form.
> For information on additional activities, please access the CSMNH website, by clicking: CSMNH website.

• Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "The Long Journey Home of Albert Afraid of Hawk"
When: Saturday, August 8; 2:00 PM
Where: Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT 06793
What: In 1900, Albert Afraid of Hawk was performing with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show touring New England when the performers came down with food poisoning. Albert died in Danbury Hospital and was buried in an unmarked grave in Wooster Cemetery. Recently, local historian, Bob Young located Albert's burial card from the cemetery archives and notified the family at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Albert's grand-niece, Marlis Afraid of Hawk, had a dream that Albert wanted to come home and she initiated the repatriation process. Dr. Bellantoni presents the history and his responsibility of exhuming Albert for his journey home.
Webmaster Note: An article on the life of Albert Afraid of Hawk by Nick Bellantoni can be found in this website by clicking here.
> Fee: $8 Adults; $6 Seniors; $5 Children, IAIS Members free.
> For additional information, please call (860)-868-0518.

• Nature-Fest 2015 - Atlatl Demonstration
When: Friday August 21 starts 7:00 PM
Where: Meigs Point, Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, CT (behind the Nature Center)
What: Gary Nolf from the World Atlatl Association will demonstrate and instruct people with the use of the atlatl, a primitive hunting device used by hunter/gatherers that preceded use of the bow and arrow.
> Admission to the park is free after 6:30 PM.
> For additional information, call 203-245-9192, or visit their web site at

• 2015 Archaeology Fair
When: Saturday, October 17
Where: Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
What: Details to follow.

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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!


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

Scranton Memorial Library