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 2017 Annual Meeting

When: Saturday March 25, 2017 starts at 2:00PM (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.
Co-sponsors: Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, Connecticut Archaeology Center and the Archaeological Society of Connecticut.
Special Note: FOSA is excited to host a speaker whose discussion of 17th century archaeology can be directly related to excavations at both the Mason and Hollister sites. With plans of returning to both the aforementioned sites and work underway to confirm the potential of an additional in 17th century site, this lecture should be of great value to our members.
> 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.

• Brian Jones Appearance on Science Channel's "Secrets of the Underground: Secret History of the New World - Gungywamp"

When: Tuesday March 28, 2017 10:00PM
Where: Science Channel
What: Dr. Jones will be appearing in the Science channel show "Secrets of the Underground" premiering 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. Check your provider for more information. Science channel shows can also be watched, after being aired, at www.sciencechannelgo.com.

• Slavery in America and the Underground Railroad

When: Wednesday April 5, 2017 7:00PM
Where: St. Andrews Church, 232 Durham Road (Rte. 79) Madison,CT exit 61 off I95 - North 1/3 mile
What: From the perspective of someone with biracial family ties, Dr. Rankin will chronicle the development of slavery in America and the heroic efforts of those who championed the abolishment of slavery. The origin and development of the underground railroad will be discussed. The related roles of Harriet Beecher Stowe through her book, Uncle Tomís Cabin, Abolitionists John P. Parker, Rev John Rankin, William Lloyd Garrison and many others will be shared through a slide presentation, including recentexcavations undertaken at the house of Reverend Rankin, in Ripley, Ohio.
> A forum will be provided for folks to share their thoughts on racism today and ideas to mitigate the various forms of its continuing expression in America.
> To see samples from the slide presentation, please click slides.
> To see a reprint of an article written by Dr. Rankin on Daniel Hand, a subject of either his talk or of the forum afterwards, please click Daniel Hand.
> For information on the Rev. John Rankin information, please click here.
> The speaker, Dr. Rankin, a retired Yale trained physician and surgeon, is a member of the Madison Historical Society, the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, Friends of Hammonasset, the National Abolition Hall of Fame and St. Andrews Church, Madison, CT.
> To see a video of a discussion between Dr. Rankin and Jan Doyle, on an episode of Branford Public Television's "Classroom Connections" show in this web site, where this subject is discussed -- including a book on this subject: Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad by Ann Hagedorn, please click YouTube Video and click item 19.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
For questions, contact Dr. Rankin at 203-245-9192 or email Don by clicking donandnancyrankin@gmail.com.

• CT Gravestone Network Symposium

When: Saturday April 8, 2017 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Where: 70 Canterbury Street, East Hartford, CT 06118
What: Lectures will include research and study of Old Stone Cemetery in East Lyme by Historian Liz Kuchta and "Rediscovered Burials in New Haven" with Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Additional Information, will be available shortly.

• Plimoth Plantation Trip

When: Saturday April 15, 2017 Departs from UConn Storrs Campus at 8:00 AM
Where: 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, MA 02360
What: Plimoth Plantation offers personal encounters with history built on thorough research about the Wampanoag People and the Colonial English community in the 1600s. As we travel to Plymouth from UConn, CT State Archaeologist Brian Jones will discuss recent finds relating to 17th century life in Connecticut. When we arrive, we'll explore how the plantation's permanent exhibits tell the complex and interwoven stories of two distinct cultures - English and Native. Exhibits at the plantation includes the English Village, the Wampanoag Homesite, the Hornblower Visitor Center, the Craft Center, and the Maxwell and Nye Barns.

Note:As part of this trip, Dr. Jones will be providing background on 17th century life in Connecticut in part based on the 2016 excavations of the Hollister and Mason sites in which many FOSA volunteers participated or expressed interest. This will also be an excellent precursor to the 2017 excavation schedule which includes plans to continued work at the Hollister and Mason sites and the new excavation of a potential 17th site in Windsor.

For lunch we will learn 17th-century table manners at the "Eat Like a Pilgrim" activity where we will don napkins, eat without a fork, and discover how Myles Standish ate his porridge. The typical menu usually includes turkey, stewed pompion, indian pudding, cucumber sallet, chargers of cheese and fruit, cheate bread, and apple cider. A Plimoth Plantation Culinary Historian will be on hand providing commentary and interpretation of the meal.

After lunch we will get back on the bus and travel to Plymouth's historic waterfront. There you can explore Leyden Street, Cole's Hill, Brewster Gardens, Town Square, and see Plymouth Rock.

Cost: Advance registration required: $85 ($75 for Museum Members and Donors ... FOSA members are eligible for the CSMNH member rate. Included are bus fee, Plimoth Plantation admission, and the "Eat Like a Pilgrim" meal. Adults and children ages 6 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

The bus will leave Storrs at 8:00 AM. The bus will depart Plymouth for UConn at 4:30 PM. Please arrive and be prepared to board the bus prior to departure times.
To Register: click here and use the links at the top of the page.
For a preview, visit the Plymouth Plantation website at www.plimoth.org.

• Earth Day Celebration

When: Saturday April 22, 2017 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Where: Meigs Point Nature Center, Hammonasset Beach State Park, 1288 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443
What: There will be geology, paleontology and archaeology exhibits in the Beach Room of the new nature center. An atlatl (primitive spear-throwing device) demonstration and bird and nature walks will take place during the day.
Cost: Cost: Free, although there is an admission charge to the park at that time of year.
For questions, contact FOSA member Don Rankin at 203-245-9192 or email Don by clicking donandnancyrankin@gmail.com.
For additional information, click here to access the Friends of Hammonasset web site.

• Archaeological Society of Connecticut - Spring Meeting

When: Saturday May 20, 2017
Where: Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Avenue Southport, CT 06890-1496
What: In the morning we will have presentations on the Archaeology of Fairfield County by Nick Bellantoni, Ernie Wiegand, Mandy Ranslow/Sarah Sportman, Rob Wallace, and Kevin McBride/Dave Naumec. In the afternoon, Dave Naumec will lead us on a walking tour to the site of the Pequot Swamp fight. This will be a great opportunity to catch up on archaeological research in the southwestern part of the state and we hope that you can join us.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Additional Information, will be available shortly. For now, check the ASC web site by clicking www.ctarchaeologyasc.org.

• Eastern States Archaeological Federation (EASF) - Annual Meeting

When: Thursday-Sunday, November 2-5, 2017
Where: Holiday Inn, 35 Governor Winthrop Blvd, New London, CT 06320
What: Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Archaeological Society and the ASC. Thursday, November 2 will include a tour of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and the site of a 17th century fort nearby. Friday through Sunday will feature papers delivered by archaeologists representing 12 states from Virginia to Maine, and a Saturday night banquet with Kevin McBride as the featured speaker. ESAF has not met in Connecticut since 1989, so this is a rare opportunity to see the very latest in archaeology from around the east
Additional Information, will be available shortly. For now, check the ASC web site by clicking www.ctarchaeologyasc.org or check the EASF web site by clicking www.esaf-archeology.org.

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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