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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.

• 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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• Brian Jones Speaking Engagement: Mastadons in Connecticut

When: Saturday August 23, after the 8:00PM showing of the play "The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastadons"
Where: Hole In The Wall Theater, 116 Main Street, New Britain CT 06050
What: Attendees of the August 2nd performance of "The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons" got an extra treat when Connecticut State Archaeologist Dr. Brian Jones stopped by with a big box of mastodon bones to show us. Dr. Jones will return for the closing performance on Saturday August 23rd. So come see the show on closing night, and grill Dr. Jones about prehistoric times, the importance of soil, and these magnificent beasts that walked New Britain 13 thousand years ago.
> To access the theater announcement, please click announcement.
> For general information, please call 860-223-9665.
> Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors, and can be purchased online by clicking purchase.

• Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: Wethersfield Historical Society "Historical Happy Hour"

When: Thursday August 21, 4:30PM to 6:30PM.
Where: Lucky Lou's Bar and Grill, 222 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109
What: On Thursday, August 21 from 4:30-6:30 pm, the public is welcome to join us as we converse with Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, Connecticut State Archaeologist and UConn adjunct professor, a colorful scholar with interests ranging from the excavation of the northeast's "Leatherman" to Connecticut vampire legends. Bellantoni was the archaeologist who was granted access to Moscow's State Archive and participated in the research that proved the skull the Russians dug up in Germany in 1945 was not Hitler's as had been previously thought.
Of Note: "Historical Society Happy Hour" is a new informal gathering of young professionals who enjoy history and the Wethersfield community to converse with an interesting guest. All bar tabs and bills will be provided separately.
> No reservations needed, just show up at Lucky Lou's Bar & Grill.

• FOSA Outreach Display: Haddam Neck Fair

When: Friday August 29 thru Monday September 1 (display only)
            Sunday, August 31 10:00AM to noon (Outreach folks on site)
Where: 26 Quarry Road, Haddam Neck, CT 06424
What: For most of the Fair, the display will be an unmanned 3-fold "photo exhibit" board, along with FOSA brochures for people to pick up. On August 30th from 10:00am to noon we will have a larger display under a tent outside of the Educational Building. During this 2 hour time slot we will be there to talk a bit about FOSA and archaeology in CT.
> For information on the Fair, including admission fees and event times, please click here.

• Venture Smith Day

When: Saturday, September 13 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Where: First Church of Christ, Congregational, 499 Town Street, East Haddam
What: The event will be held at Venture's grave in First Church Cemetery on Town Street (Route 151) in East Haddam, CT. Featured speaker will be Yale Professor Allegra di Bonaventura, author of the book "For Adam's Sake"
> For additional information, please click

• Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "The Long Journey Home of Albert Afraid of Hawk"

When: Thursday, September 18 7:00PM
Where: Bruce Museum, Bantle Lecture Hall, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT
Sponsored By: Archaeological Associates of Greenwich
What: In 1900, Albert Afraid of Hawk was performing with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show touring New England when the performers came down with food poisoning. Albert died in Danbury Hospital and was buried in an unmarked grave in Wooster Cemetery. Recently, local historian, Bob Young located Albert's burial card from the cemetery archives and notified the family at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Albert's grand-niece, Marlis Afraid of Hawk, had a dream that Albert wanted to come home and she initiated the repatriation process. Dr. Bellantoni presents the history and his responsibility of exhuming Albert for his journey home.
Ed. Note: An article on the life of Albert Afraid of Hawk by Nick Bellantoni can be found in this website by clicking here.
> For additional information, please call 203-869-0376.

• Bus Tour to Meadowcroft Rockshelter, Avella, PA; Guided Tour by Dr. James Adovasio

When: Friday October 10 thru Sunday October 12, 2014
Where: Avella, Pennsylvania; staying at Hilton Garden Inn
What: The first prehistoric artifacts were discovered in a groundhog burrow at the site in 1955 by property owner and museum founder, Albert Miller. In 1973, the first professional excavation of the Rockshelter was conducted by the Cultural Resource Management Program (CRMP) of the University of Pittsburgh and directed by J. M. Adovasio, Ph.D. Subsequent University of Pittsburgh field school excavations took place from 1973-1989. More recent research and excavation has been directed by Dr. Adovasio through the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute (MAI). The excavation protocols used at Meadowcroft are still considered state-of-the-art which is widely regarded as one of the most carefully excavated sites.
Cost: $325 per person double-occupancy, or $420 for a single.
NOTE1: Advance registration with full payment required by August 1, 2014.
NOTE2: Registration is limited to 40 people, and will be on a first-come/first-served basis.
> For additional information, please click Flyer.
> For registration form, please click Register.

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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 Hammonassett.

Institute for American Indian Studies.

Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club.