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Of Interest to FOSA Members and the General Public

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

• CT Archaeology Exhibit: Thinking Like an Archaeologist: Photos by John Spaulding

When: Now through summer, 2014.
Where: CT State Museum of Natural History, University of Connecticut, 2019 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT.
What: "Before his passing in 2010, John Spaulding worked as a volunteer for the Office of State Archaeology, photo-documenting almost every excavation OSA did in the previous decade. In those ten years he assembled an unprecedented body of work, consisting of thousands of images that truly capture the diversity and practice of modern archaeology in Connecticut. In this exhibit we focus on his photos from three sites that are particularly effective at communicating the thought process, historic research, field and lab techniques, and human stories behind each excavation. We also hope that, in a small way, the exhibit serves as a remembrance to the enormous contribution John made to archaeology in Connecticut."
> There will be an opening reception on Sunday, January 14, from noon to 3:00 PM.
> For additional information, please call 860-486-4460.
> For directions and hours, please click here.

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When: Saturday April 19, 2014; 10:00 AM thru noon.
Where: Museum of Connecticut Glass, John Turner House, North River Road at the intersection of Rt. 44.
What: FOSA is pleased to announce an informational workshop on early Connecticut and American glass that is open to all members. This presentation will be presented by the staff of the Museum of Connecticut Glass.
The presentation will provide information on production methods as well as identification and dating tips for early glass. Connecticut's early factories provided a large share of the utilitarian glass (bottles) made for northeastern liquor, food and other businesses. Participants are encouraged to bring glass artifacts for identification and dating. Besides being informative and interesting to all, the material presented will be invaluable to members who participate in excavation and cataloging activities. Speakers and subjects who'll be there:

>>> Noel Tomas
, museum President and COO, will describe the Museum of Connecticut Glass, its goals and how it plans to develop into a fully operational institution. Noel will then describe some of the early 17th and 18th century utilitarian glass that was imported by the British, and occasionally the Dutch, to the colonies. He will also talk about the origins of American glass production and its boom during the 19th century.
>>> Bruce Mitchell
, a museum board member and President of the Westchester Glass Chapter of the American Glass Club, will discuss early imported, and later American-produced, high-end glass for tableware, lighting, and more. Bruce will also cover 18th and 19th century high-end glass products.
>>> Diane Tobin
, author of "The Meriden Flint Glass Company: An Abundance of Glass", will describe the glass made in "Silver City." Silver City is known for its prolific colored high-end table and parlor glass, as well as cut glass production during the later 19th century.
>>> Junior Board member Nickolas Wrobleski
will show 19th century glass shards he collected at, and around, our properties and how he identifies the pieces — using books, going to museums & shows — to the vessels blown and molded between 1813 and 1848 at the Coventry Glass Factory across the street from where we are meeting.
The panel will wrap up with questions and discussion as well as noting historic Connecticut glass sites that sit idle awaiting archeological digs.

> Please RSVP to Scott at
> To access the Museum of Connecticut Glass website, please click here .

• FOSA Outreach: Hammonasset's Annual Earth Day Celebration
When: Saturday April 26, 2014; 10:00AM - 4:00PM.
Where: Meig's Point Nature Center,Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, CT
What: The annual Earth Day celebration includes a live creature show, geology and archaeology exhibits, and an atlatl demonstration for kids.
> For additional information, see the attached Flyer.
> For more info on this and other events, check the Friends of Hammonasset website.

• Nick Bellantoni 'Learning In Retirement' Speaking Engagement: "The Long Journeys Home for Henry Opukah'ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk"

When: Wednesday April 30, 2014; 1:00PM.
Where: Stamford LIR, Temple Beth El, 350 Roxbury Road, Stamford, CT 06902
What: Henry Opukah'ia was a native Hawaiian who came to this country on a sealship in 1817, who passed away in 1818 from an illness, and was buried in Cornwall. Albert Afraid of Hawk was a Lakota Sioux who was performing as part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, when he died from food poisoning in 1900, and was buried in Danbury. With both men, at the request of their families Dr. Bellantoni performed exhumations and participated in the return of their corpses to Hawaii and South Dakota, for burial in their home lands. The stories have parallels even though they were separated by a century of time, including the cultural sensitivity by which the exhumations and repatriations were performed. These stories are fascinating.
Ed. Note1: An article on the life of Henry Opukaha'ia (or Obookiah as it's sometimes spelled) by former FOSA president Roger Thompson can be found in this website by clicking here.
Ed. Note2: An article on the life of Albert Afraid of Hawk by Nick Bellantoni can be found in this website by clicking here.
> The meeting is free and open to the public.
> For additional information, call 203-322-6901 or the Temple Secretary, at

• FOSA Outreach: Bridgeport's First Archaeology Week: Native American Artifact Exhibits and Lectures."
When: Wednesday May 11, 2014; 10:00AM - 4:00PM.
Where: Beardsley Zoo "Hanson Exploration Station", 1876 Noble Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06610
What: The heading says it all. There will be 4 lectures:

>>11:00AM - Michael Bouchard, on "Archaeology, Exploring Connecticut's Past"
>>12:00PM - Jim Stevens, on "An Updated Archaeological Survey of the Bonoit Site"
>>  1:00PM - Nick Bellantoni, on "Greatest Hits of Archaeological Sites in Connecticut"
>>  2:00PM - Michael Bouchard, on "The Paleo Project, Distribution Patterns in Connecticut"

> Admission is free, open to the public, and is handicap-accessible.
> For additional information, see the attached Flyer, or call 203-394-6565.


When: Saturday June 14, 2014; 10:0 AM to 4:00PM.
Where: Nellie McKnight Museum, 70 Main Street, Ellington, CT 06029
What: The Ellington Historical Society will host a public dig for Museum Day on June 14th. Mandy is looking for 4-5 experienced volunteers to excavate two units in the yard of the 1812 Nellie McKnight House throughout the day. Volunteers will be asked to share their knowledge of excavation techniques and archaeology with visitors, and allow the public to participate in the excavation.
> Please e-mail Mandy with your interest, availability, and questions at It's OK to sign up for only a portion of the event.
> The dig is free and open to the public.
> For additional information, click here to access the Ellington Historical Society website.

• Bus Tour to Meadowcroft Rockshelter, Avella, PA; Guided Tour by Dr. James Adovasio

When: Friday October 10 thru Sunday October 12, 2014
Where: Avella, Pennsylvania; staying at Hilton Garden Inn
What: The first prehistoric artifacts were discovered in a groundhog burrow at the site in 1955 by property owner and museum founder, Albert Miller. In 1973, the first professional excavation of the Rockshelter was conducted by the Cultural Resource Management Program (CRMP) of the University of Pittsburgh and directed by J. M. Adovasio, Ph.D. Subsequent University of Pittsburgh field school excavations took place from 1973-1989. More recent research and excavation has been directed by Dr. Adovasio through the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute (MAI). The excavation protocols used at Meadowcroft are still considered state-of-the-art which is widely regarded as one of the most carefully excavated sites.
Cost: $325 per person double-occupancy, or $420 for a single.
NOTE1: Advance registration with full payment required by August 1, 2014.
NOTE2: Registration is limited to 40 people, and will be on a first-come/first-served basis.
> For additional information, please click Flyer.
> For registration form, please click Register.

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

When: repeated at various times during 2014.
              check your local listings!

Where: History Channel
What: Nick Bellantoni, Connecticut State Archaeologist, 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 Hammonassett.

Institute for American Indian Studies.

Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club.