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

When: leave:Friday September 23   return:Sunday September 25

    The Jamestown Settlement trip has been cancelled.

Hammonassett Festival: Display Set-Up and Public Excavation
FOSA will be assisting Dr. Brian Jones in conducting a demonstration excavation during Hammonasset festival (see next item). We are requesting volunteers to assist with setting up and testing the site on Thursday, September 29th starting at 9:00AM. We are also looking for volunteers to excavate on the weekend of October 1st and 2nd, hours TBD.

On excavation days, please contact Scott Brady on his cellphone at 860-729-8349.

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.
Please Note:The excavation described above will be open to the public on Saturday.
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.

October is Archaeology Awareness Month!

All activities for October can be found on the Archaeology Awareness Month Calendar, which can be accessed by clicking here.

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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

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