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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• 2017 Bauer Series: Live Raptor Show

When: Saturday, February 4 starts 10:00 AM
Where: St. Andrews Church, 232 durham Road (Rte 79), Madison, CT
What: Presented by Todd Secki and Christine Cummings-Secki and staff from A Place Called Hope, a bird rescue and rehabilitation facility in Killingworth, CT.
> Admission is free.
> Light refreshments will be available after the presentations.
> For additional information, call 203-245-9192.

• 2017 Bauer Series: Live Reptile Show

When: Saturday, February 11 starts 10:00 AM
Where: St. Andrews Church, 232 durham Road (Rte 79), Madison, CT
What: Presented by Russ Miller, Director of Meigs Point Nature Center.
> Admission is free.
> Light refreshments will be available after the presentations.
> For additional information, call 203-245-9192.

• Alexander Brittingham, UConn Department of Anthropology, Lecture: "Molecular Plant Remains at Archaeological Sites"

When: Saturday, February 11, 2017 1:00PM
Where: University of Connecticut, Biology/Physics Building, Room 130, 91 North Eagleville Road, Storrs CT 06269
What: , Molecular plant remains have played an increasingly important role in helping archaeologists explore the past. When analyzed, these remains allow us to reconstruct past climates and, when combined with archaeological data, researchers can determine how hunter-gatherers interacted with their environments. Join Alexander Brittingham and learn about his work with extract molecular plant remains from sediments at Paleolithic archaeological sites in Armenia, and what his research can inform us about the past.
> No registration required - Free and open to the public. Adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
> To contact the Museum, click here or call 860-486-4460.

• Brian Jones Speaking Engagement: "Historical Sites As Time Capsules"

When: Sunday, February 12, 2017 2:00PM - 3:00PM
Where: Niantic Community Church, 170 Pennsylvania Avenue, Niantic CT 06357
What: Dr. Jones will talk about how excavations of both the houses and their surrounding properties can provide a "time capsule" of life during the time of their habitation. The talk is expected to draw on the recent excavations at the John Hollister site (click here to see a newspaper article on the Hollister excavations) and the David Humphreys house in Derby, and others that Dr. Jones has participated in.
> The event is free and open to the public.

• 2017 Bauer Series: Nature/Archaeology Hike

When: Saturday February 18 1:00 PM
Where: Meigs Point Nature Center, Hammonasset Beach State Park, 1288 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT  
What: 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 Noon 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. No pets allowed on the hike.

Hikers will meet at the new Meigs Point Nature Center building. The hike will depart on time at 1PM and return to the starting point. Anticipate wintry conditions; trails may be icy in spots. Hikers participate at their own risk! No dogs permitted on the hike.

> The event is free and open to the public. Entrance to the Park and parking are free.
> Light refreshments will be available after the presentations.
> For additional information, call 203-245-9192.

• 2017 Bauer Series: Demonstration of Maple Syrup Production

When: Saturday, March 4, 2017 1:00PM - 5:00PM
Where: 235 Green Hill Road, Madison, CT (1/4 mile west of Daniel Hand High School)
What: During the Open House Jim Matteson will demonstrate the Native American tradition of making maple syrup using a modern, wood fired, Small Brothers evaporator. This small batch operator will also have a variety of maple syrup grades for sale in pint, quart, half gallon containers, and 500ml fancy gift bottles with the Matteson's Maple Manor label. No pets please.
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> The event is free and open to the public. Free parking on Warpas Road.
> To access the Friends of Hammonasset's Bauer Series web site, please click here.
> For additional info email Don Rankin at donandnancyrankin@gmail.com or call 203-245-7514.

• FOSA 2017 Annual Meeting

When: Saturday March 25, 2017 starts at 1:00PM (business meeting starts at 1:00 PM)
snow date: Sunday, March 26, same times.
Where: Farmington High School, 10 Montieth Drive, Farmington, CT The 2017 Annual Meeting will be highlighted by the presence of Professor Emerson "Tad" Baker, who teaches History at Salem State University of Salem, MA. His talk will focus in part on the Chadbourne Site (ca. 1643-1690) in South Berwick, Maine, where thirteen seasons of excavations revealed over 40,000 artifacts, including saw mill hardware, a range of tools, and many luxury items imported by the Chadbournes, the wealthy merchants who owned the property.
Who is Emerson Baker? Emerson "Tad" Baker is a professor of History and former dean of the Graduate School at Salem State University. He is the award-winning author of many works on the history and archaeology of early New England, including The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England, and most recently A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience. He has been an advisor for PBS-TV's "The American Experience", and an on-camera expert for the PBS series "Colonial House". He is a member of the Gallows Hill Team who recently confirmed the execution site of the Salem witch trials, work that Archaeology magazine just named as one of its top ten discoveries of 2016. (Webmaster's Note: You can access the article on this discovery by clicking here.) Professor Baker regularly tweets on early New England history at @EmersonWBaker.
> To view the Annual Meeting Flyer, which includes a description of Prof. Baker's talk, please click Flyer.
> To view Professor Baker's Facebook page, please click Facebook.
Admission: General Admission - $10.00; Non-Farmington Students with ID - $5.00; FOSA, ASC, CSMNH, Farmington students & faculty admitted free with ID.
> 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.
If inclement weather: FOSA will post a notice on WTIC (AM 1080) by 10:30 AM.

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

When: repeated at various times during 2017. 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!

• "Travel Channel: Mysteries At the Museum on Griswold Vampire Case

When: repeated at various times during 2017. Check your local listings!
Where: Travel Channel
What: The "Griswold Vampire Case" began with the uncovering of 29 graves in an abandoned cemetery set in a now-eroding rock pit. In one of the graves the bones had been rearranged, following an exhumation of the deceased. Looking into this more deeply, Nick became involved in vampire legends which existed in eastern Connecticut and western Rhode Island, especially in the late-18th to late 19th centuries. It turned out that these kinds of exhumations and bone-rearrangings were an attempt by people whose families were being devastated by tuberculosis, who trying to save their families using beliefs and methods originating from eastern Europe.
For additional information: Do a Google search on "vampires" to find items on this within this web site, including a video of a talk given by Nick at Quinnipiac University in 2013 and a book, Food For the Dead, in which additional background information is provided.


Archaeological Society of Connecticut

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

Historical Society of Glastonbury

Institute for American Indian Studies

Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club

Madison Historical Society

Museum of Connecticut Glass

Scranton Memorial Library