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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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• 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."
> For additional information, please call 860-486-4460.
> For directions and hours, please click here.

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• Quinebaug Shetucket Heritage Corridor's "Walktober" - Vampire Folk Belief in Historic New England

When: Saturday November 1 10:00AM to noon, rain or shine
Where: Jewett City, CT(directions will be sent to participants)
What: Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni will lead a walk through an area of Connecticut's Quiet Corner steeped in history and folklore. In 1990 a couple of very surprised young boys discovered two skulls at the site of a new gravel quarry in eastern Connecticut. Dr. Nick Bellantoni, Connecticut's State Archaeologist at the time, and others were called in to investigate what turned out to be a forgotten colonial family cemetery. One grave in particular caught their eye. Someone had arranged the burial in an unusual way. This led to further investigation involving archaeology, forensics, genealogy, and folklore that produced the theory that the cause for the oddity in the burial was the belief that its occupant was a vampire. Vampire folklore was rampant in New England from 1780 to the 1890s, and a combination of disciplines helps archaeologists today discover more about peoples' attitudes towards health and healing during this period. As was learned, a real public health issue was to blame. Presented by the Griswold Bicentennial Committee and the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center.
Cost: Advance registration required; this walk is limited to no more than 70 people. FREE for adults and children ages 12 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register by mail or call the Museum to reserve your space!
To Register: Please print off and return the Registration Form, which you can access by clicking here.
> For additional information, please call 860-486-4460.
> Adults and children ages 10 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

• Indian Rock Shelters Guided Hike

When: Sunday November 2 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Where: Madison, CT (see directions below)
What: This event is being led by FOSA members Dr. Don Rankin and Gary Nolf. The loop trail offers an usual opportunity to visit rock shelters used by native Americans for perhaps as many as 10,000 years! The landscape reveals fascinating watershed features of both the Hammonasset and Neck Rivers. We will talk about the geology of Connecticut and how these rock shelters were formed as well as how they were used by Native Americans. We will have artifact collections to show to the participants recovered from the area.
Cost: No cost; however, participation is limited to members of the Madison Historical Society, the Deacon John Grave Society, the Charlotte L. Evarts Memorial Archives, and FOSA.
To pre-register: Please contact Don Rankin at:
Directions: From North Madison Traffic circle, go east on Rt. 80 0.7 miles to Summer Hill Rd., turn left on Summer Hill for 0.7 miles and left on Twilight Drive Drive for 0.5 mile to Lake Drive. Follow Lake Drive to cul-de-sac and Trailhead.

• 9th Annual Native American-Archaeology Roundtable "Stone Cultural Features and Ceremonial Landscapes"

When: Saturday November 8 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Where: Institute for American Indian Studies (IAIS), 38 Custis Road, Washington, CT 06793
What: Please join us for another rousing Native American-Archaeology Round Table with outstanding presentations and panel discussions by New England professional archaeologists and Native American leadership.
This year's Roundtable will explore stone cultural features and ceremonial sites/landscapes. Our diverse group of speakers will share their experiences and knowledge about this expansive category of cultural features. Until recently, stone cultural features have gone largely undocumented by cultural resource professionals while working in the field. The explicit goal is to introduce new information and elicit suggestions for how professional archaeologists can consider and record this variety of cultural resource in future investigations. Among the speakers will be CT State Archaeologist Dr. Brian Jones.
> For additional information, please click here to access the IAIS Calendar and scroll down to November 8.
> To access the IAIS web site's home page, please click here.
> Or, you can call the Institute at 860-868-0518.

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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: 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