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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• Geology / Native American / Archaeology Walk

When: Saturday, November 14 (rain date November 15); 1:00 PM
Where: Meigs Point Nature Center, Hammonasset State Park, Madison, CT (behind the Nature Center)
What: Dr. Don Rankin will lead a walk of about 1 mile with 3 stops along the way for interpretation of the landscape. Dr. Rankin will demonstrate locally discovered artifacts, demonstrate the atlatl, talk about local geology and how native Americans lived off the land. When the group gets to the Hammonasset boulder monument he will recap English/Native American (Pequot) interaction leading to the Pequot War and subsequent English settlement of the shoreline area.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
> For additional information, call 203-245-9192, or visit their web site at www.hammonasset.org/index.html by clicking .

• 10th Annual Native American-Archaeology Roundtable:  "After the Glacier: First Peopling of Northeastern North America"

When: Saturday, November 21, 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Where: Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis 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 the most recent discoveries of early human settlement in the Northeast. Who were these people? When did they arrive, and from Where? What was life like after the Wisconsin glaciations receded and the land became habitable? Native American scholars and archaeological specialists in Paleo-Indian and Early Archaic studies from New York and New England will be discussing these topics and more!

Scheduled speakers and panelists include Mohegan Deputy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Elaine Thomas; Schaghticoke elder Trudie Richmond; New Hampshire State Archaeologist Dr. Richard Boisvert; New York State Museum Curator of Archaeology Dr. Jonathan Lothrop; Public Archaeology Laboratory Principal Investigator Alan Leveillee; CT State Archaeologist Dr. Brian Jones; CT avocational archaeologist Michael Bouchard; CT archaeologists Ernest Wiegand, Zachary Singer, and Brianna Rae.
For additional information, access the IAIS web site by clicking or call 860-868-0518.

Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "Historical Archaeology and the Derrin House"

When: Saturday, December 5; 1:00 PM
Where: Avon senior Center, 635 West Avon Road Avon, CT 06001
What: Nick will discuss the role of archaeology in evaluating the way of life in the historical period; that is, following European contact. The Derrin House provides a prime example where this facet of archaeology can help illuminate how life has changed over a period of many years in a single location, as it was the property of a single family for over 150 years.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
For additional information on the Derrin House, please click Derrin House to access the House's page on the Avon Historical Society's web site.
The Society's phone number is 860-678-7621.
The Senior Center's phone number is 860-675-4355.

Brian Jones Speaking Engagement: "Historical Archaeology and the Derrin House"

When: Saturday, December 12; 3:00 PM
Where: CT State Museum of Natural History, 2019 Hillside Road, Storrs, CT 06269
What: At a number of archeological digs this past summer, archaeologists unearthed clues about Connecticut's colonial past. Join Dr. Brian Jones, Connecticut's State Archaeologist who led these excavations, and discover what these recent archaeological explorations in Windsor and Glastonbury tell us about Connecticut's earliest European settlers.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
For additional information, please click CSMNH to access the Museum's web site.


When: Saturday, January 23, 2016 1:00 PM (Business: 1:00 PM, Guest Speaker: 2:00 PM)
            Snow Date: Sunday, January 24.
Where: Farmington High School Auditorium, 10 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT
What: This year's guest speaker is New Hampshire State ArchaeologistDr. Dick Boisvert, who will speak on "Recent Discoveries in Paleoindian Research in Northern New Hampshire".
Synopsis: In recent years, archaeological investigations on a suite of Paleoindian sites in northern New Hampshire have brought to light new and significant data regarding Paleoindian adaptations to the extreme climate at the end of the Pleistocene. Avocational and professional archaeologists from across the region have participated in this long-term research through the New Hampshire State Conservations and Rescue Archaeology Program (SCRAP). The presnetation will highlight the efforts of these volunteers and the contributions they have made to our understanding of this pioneer period.
> To read a 2013 interview with Dr. Boisvert in mhmagazine.com, please click here.
Admission: General Admission: $10.00; non-Farmington students with ID: $5.00; FOSA, ASC, CSMNH, Farmington student & faculty admitted free with ID.
Co-sponsored by: CT State Museum of Natural Histor and CT Archaeology Center, and the Archaeological Society. of CT.

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

When: repeated at various times during 2015.
              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

Museum of Connecticut Glass

Scranton Memorial Library