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 Field School

When: Monday August 15 thru Friday August 19, 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Where: The 17th century Lt. John Hollister Site in South Glastonbury.
What: The field school will run all week and is open to all FOSA members at no cost. We would like people to pre-register so that we can better estimate the total number of participants. Members are free to come any day they can, and need not commit to the full week.
Open to: FOSA members only. If you're not currently a member of FOSA but would like to attend, you can join FOSA by clicking the Join Us page.
Details will be provided regarding who to contact to register, times, parking, and so forth.
To register: FOSA members should send an email to: fosa.ct@gmail.com.
For information on the Hollisters, please click here.
Parking: Out of respect for the generosity of the property owner, parking at the site will be limited. We are asking that participants park at the Park & Ride lot at St Augustine Church, 55 Hopewell Road, South Glastonbury. We will meet there at 9:00 and commute to the excavation site. If you arrive after 9:00 am, please contact Scott (860-871-8740) or Dr. Jones (860-299-5769) and we will arrange transportation to the site.

• Annual Historical Society of Glastonbury "Archaeology Day"

When: Monday August 15 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Where: Details will be made available to registrants.
What: The Historical Society of Glastonbury invidtes anyone 12 or older to join State Archaeologist Brian Jones at an authentic archaeological dig. Join the professionals as they excavate which might just be the earliest settlement in Glastonbury (1640-1650). "This is one of the most exciting archaeological sites in the state at present," Jones said. Preliminary studies using ground penetrating radar have identified a series of underground structures. Artifacts excavated in the area have been dated as far back as the 1640s.
Guest archaeologists can learn the early history and geology of Glaastonbury, basic techniques of identifying and preparing a dig site, and the general procedures of excavation, including preparing grids, locating, sifting, and identifying and cataloging your finds.
Space is limited and reservations are required: Student cost is $10, all others $15. Bring snacks, lunch and plenty to drink, and wear closed shoes.
To register: contact Diane Hoover at hoover.diane.daly@gmail.com or call 860-633-6890.
To access the Historical Society of Glastonbury's web site calendar, please click here.

• 105th Annual Haddam Neck Fair

When: Friday September 2 thru Monday September 5
Times: Fri. 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 7:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, 26 Quarry Hill Rd., East Hampton, CT 
What: This is a major agricultural fair featuring baking contest, tractor pulling, horse show, road race, exhibits, family entertainment, midway, truck and tracker pulls.
Admission: General admission $8, seniors $7, children (under 12) free. Parking free.
For additional information: access the Haddam Neck Fair web site by clicking here.
FOSA Members: If you're able to help man the FOSA Outreach Table at this event, please contact Kathy Walburn at kwalburn@snet.net.

• Twentieth Annual Venture Smith Day Festivities

When: Saturday, September 10 from 1:00-4:00 PM as part of the Connecticut Freedom Trail event.
Where: In the cemetery at the First Church of Christ, 499 Town Street (Route 151), East Haddam, CT
What:This is a celebration of the life of Venture Smith, who was born in Africa around 1729, captured and sent to America as a slave at the age of 7, and eventually was allowed to purchase his freedom.
In 1798, Venture dictated his autobiography to teacher Elisha Niles. It is the only slave narrative of the 18th century that recounts life in Africa. His life story has been an inspiration to many over the years. Venture died on September 19, 1805, a highly respected man by all in the Haddams.
To read an electronic copy of Venture Smith's 32 page autobiography, please click Venture Smith Biography.
FOSA Members: If you're able to help man the FOSA Outreach Table at this event, please contact Kathy Walburn at kwalburn@snet.net.

Fall Preview: Jamestown Settlement, Arlington National Cemetery, and Old Town Alexandra, VA Trip

When: leave:Friday September 23   return:Sunday September 25
Where: Jamestown, Virginia
What: The fee includes round trip bus transportation (gratuity included), two nights' accommodations Old Town, Alexandria, VA, two 2 hot buffet breakfasts at the hotel, entrance to Historic Jamestown and Arlington National Cemetery.
This trip is sponsored by the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (FOSA) with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center at UConn. Advance registration with full payment to FOSA is required prior to trip. To request a registration form please Further details will be provided as they become available. Can accommodate up to 40 people, so you should make your reservations early.
To register: print off and fill out the Regsitration Form and return it along with your payment to...
CSMNH; UConn; Unit 1023; Storrs, CT 06269-1023; Attn: Jamestown. Make check out to "FOSA".
Cost: $375 double, $340 triple and $320 quad accommodations ($500 single). For more information on the trip itself, please review the Registration Form.
For a brochure on the trip, please click Brochure.
Additional Info: Potential attendees are encouraged to look at the 2 Jamestown videos on the YouTube Videos on this web site, specifically items 16 and 16a, to get an idea of what conditions were like during that first terrible winter, and what happened there ... and the archaeological research techniques being brought to bear there. Featured in item 16a is Dr. Douglas Owsley, who was the featured speaker at our 2015 Annual Meeting.
Web Site: To access the Jamestown web site, please click Historic Jamestowne.
Contact: For questions, please contact David Colberg at Dave Colberg or call 860-486-5690.

Hammonassett Festival

When: Saturday October 1 thru Sunday October 2
Where:: Guilford Fairgrounds, 111 Lovers Lane, Guilford, CT. (Note change of venue from Hammonasset Beach State Park)
What: Join us for 2 days of celebration, education and entertainment when the Hammonassett Festival comes to the Guilford Fairgrounds this October. Co-created by Dale Carson (Abenaki) and Don Rankin in 2005, the Festival's theme is Celebrating Nature and Native America. With joyful energy, it honors Native American culture and tradition, and celebrates the natural world.

This popular event is moving to Guilford this year because of planned construction in Hammonasset Beach State Park. It will take place at the Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, October 1st and 2nd, from 10 AM to 5 PM.

Each day begins with a Native American blessing and smudging ceremony, led by Allan Saunders (Mohegan). There will be multiple performances by our featured performers, Erin Meeches (Schaghticoke) and the Native Nations Dance Troupe, and "Celtic Indian" Arvel Bird (Paiute). The troupe of Native Performers, who travel nationally and come together for specific performances, will gather in the Dance Circle, dressed in traditional regalia and accompanied by live singing and drumming of a Native drum group. They will share their dances and interpretations that will educate and entertain. Arvel Bird's "Celtic Indian" brand reflects his mixed-blood American Indian and Celtic heritage. He "weaves a powerful tapestry of music and stories", with his violin, fiddle, Native flutes and Irish whistles. His compositions and performances are highly diverse, exciting, and inspiring, with a wide range of styles.

Around the grounds, under tents and in the Butterly building, you will find an array of vendors, exhibitors and educators. There will be much to see and buy that is handmade by Native American artists and craftspeople, including beadwork and wampum jewelry, pottery, woodcarvings and gourd art, paintings, baskets and much more. There will be live wildlife shows, demos and exhibits, storytelling and children's activities. Watch the ever-popular New England Atlatl Championship and try your hand at this ancient spear-throwing skill. Enjoy a variety of food, including authentic Native American cuisine.
Directions: Exit 59 off the Connecticut Turnpike, south on Goose Lane and across Boston Post Road, right on 146 (Boston Street), left onto Lovers Lane.
Parking: Free on-site parking.
Admission: adults, $5; children under 12, free.
For additional information: please see these flyers: Flyer-1   Flyer-1. You can also find information on Facebook, by clicking Facebook.
Please note:
• No pets or alcohol at the Fairgrounds, including the parking lots
• Variations in spelling of Hammonasset are correct and are not identical. Two "t"s are used for the Festival to be true to the original Native American spelling.
• "Butterly" is spelled correctly.

The Festival is presented by Friends of Hammonasset, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and is sponsored in part by the Madison Foundation and the Madison Jaycees.

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

When: repeated at various times during 2016. 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 (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