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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Archaeology Road Show

When: Saturday, November 25; 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Where: Allis-Bushnell House and Museum, 853 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT.
What: FOSA members Don Rankin and Gary Nolf will have on display artifacts discovered in a shell midden in Westbrook, CT. We estimate the site to be about 1000 years old. Attendees can bring items for identification. Click each of the following icons to see larger views of some of the items which will be displayed, along with a short description of what each is.
Cost:Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.
For questions, contact Dr. Rankin at 203-245-9192 or email Don by clicking donandnancyrankin@gmail.com.

Brian Jones Speaking Engagement: "Connecticut's Earliest European Settlers"

When: Tuesday, November 28; 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Where: Granby Senior Center, 15C North Granby Road, Granby, CT 06035
What: During the past three years, archaeologists have unearthed clues about Connecticut's early colony past at three different sites throughout the state. Learn about CT's earliest European settlers and how modern radar-based surveys are helping to find these long-forgotten sites.
Cost: Open to the public, though there is a $5 registration fee. Must register by Tuesday, November 21.
For additional information, please click here to access the Granby Senior Service's web site, or call 860-844-5350.

Brian Jones Speaking Engagement: "Uncovering Connecticut's Past: Recent Discoveries from the Office of State Archaeology,"

When: Saturday, December 9; 3:00PM
Where: Biology/Physics Building, Room 130, University of Connecticut, Storrs CT
What: Presented by the CT Museum of Natural History: At ongoing archaeological digs the past three summers, archaeologists unearthed rich data about Connecticut's early colonial past. Join Dr. Brian Jones, Connecticut's State Archaeologist who led these excavations, and discover what these recent archaeological explorations in Windsor, Glastonbury, and Columbia tell us about Connecticut's earliest European settlers.
Cost: Free and open to the public; advanced registration is not required.
For additional information, visit the CAC website's Fall 2017 Calendar of Events by clicking here or call 860-486-4460.

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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.

"Science Channel: Secrets of the Underground: "Secret History of the New World"
When: available after original airing on Science Channel, at https://www.sciencechannelgo.com/
Where: Science Channel
What: Dr. Jones will be appearing in the Science channel show "Secrets of the Underground" premiering March 28 at 10:00 PM. The episode is entitled "Secret History of the New World." Dr. Jones will be providing context on the Gungywamp ruins in Groton.


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