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• 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."
> There will be an opening reception on Sunday, January 14, from noon to 3:00 PM.
> For additional information, please call 860-486-4460.
> For directions and hours, please click here.
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• Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "The Long Journey Home For Albert Afraid Of Hawk"
When: Tuesday June 24, 2014; 7:00PM.
Where: Seymour Historical Society, 59 West Street, Seymour, CT 06483
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, contact the Library at 203-888-7471.
• Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "The Search for Ezra Chamberlin and the CSS Hunley"
When: Sunday June 29, 2014; 2:00PM.
Where: Lebanon Historical Society Museum, 856 Trumbull Hwy, Lebanon, CT 06429
What: The H.L.Hunley, a Confederate submarine, attacked and sank the USS Housatonic on February 17, 1864. The Hunley became famous when the vessel was raised to the surface on August 8, 2000, with all of the skeletal remains in place. Extensive research on the vessel has been carried out, including an analysis of the human remains. Nick will talk about the history of this submarine and some of the research findings. One, a dog tag bearing the name of Ezra Chamberlin -- a Union soldier from Killingly, CT -- was found within the submarine. Nick visited the family gravesite to try to determine if Chamberlin was buried in the family plot. The entire excavation was paid for by author Clyde Cussler.
For more info on the C.S.S.Hunley, please click: Friends of the Hunley.
For additional information, contact the Library at 860-642-6579.
• 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.
• "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: Nick Bellantoni, Connecticut State Archaeologist, 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.