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.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

• Geology / Archaeology Talk by FOSA Members Gary Nolf and Don Rankin

When: Thursday, July 28 6:30 PM - 8:00PM
Where: Home of Christine and Rich Robinson, 530 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT.
  What: (click images at right to bring up larger views)The Robinson's home shows some fascinating geologic features including an area that was quarried in the late 19th century. Deacon John Grave is another Madison historical society associated with the Deacon John Grave House (circa 1685). They supported the program last year.
Locally discovered Native American artifacts will be on display. We have also uncovered some historical artifacts that we will comment on. We will be talking about the Native American interactions with the English including the Pequot War and King Philip's War if time permits. Our presentation will take about 30-35 minutes and we will then tour the property to talk about the local geology.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Advance Registration is requested. Please call Don at 203-245-9192
Supported by: Madison Historical Society, Friends of Hammonasset, and the and the Deacon John Grave Foundation.
Parking is available on the Madison Green opposite the Robinson's house.
To see a Flyer for this event, please click here.

• CT State Museum of Natural History (CSMNH) Adult Archaeology Field School

When: Monday August 1 thru Friday August 5, 9:00AM thru 3:00PM
Where: Details will be provided to registrants.
What: Spend a week with CT State Archaeologist Dr. Brian Jones, learning about archaeology at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center's Field School! This field school will cover the ethical aspects of archaeology, as well as proper archaeological field techniques and data management. As a member of this program, you will have the opportunity to participate in an official Connecticut Office of State Archaeology dig. Your findings will add important information to our understanding of Connecticut's rich historic past!
Advance Registration is required.
To register online please click here.
To register via postal mail, please click Registration Form to download a registration form, fill it out, and mail it along with your payment to the address at the bottom of the form.
Cost: $200 ($100 for CSMNH members and donors).
Open to: Adults and teens 16 and over.

• FOSA Field School

When: Monday August 15 thru Friday August 19, 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Where: The 17th century Lt. John Hollister Site in South Glastonbury.
What: The field school will run all week and is open to all FOSA members at no cost. We would like people to pre-register so that we can better estimate the total number of participants. Members are free to come any day they can, and need not commit to the full week.
Open to: FOSA members only. If you're not currently a member of FOSA but would like to attend, you can join FOSA by clicking the Join Us page.
Details will be provided regarding who to contact to register, times, parking, and so forth.
To register: FOSA members should send an email to: fosa.ct@gmail.com.
For information on the Hollisters, please click here.

• Annual Historical Society of Glastonbury "Archaeology Day"

When: Monday August 15 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Where: Details will be made available to registrants.
What: The Historical Society of Glastonbury invidtes anyone 12 or older to join State Archaeologist Brian Jones at an authentic archaeological dig. Join the professionals as they excavate which might just be the earliest settlement in Glastonbury (1640-1650). "This is one of the most exciting archaeological sites in the state at present," Jones said. Preliminary studies using ground penetrating radar have identified a series of underground structures. Artifacts excavated in the area have been dated as far back as the 1640s.
Guest archaeologists can learn the early history and geology of Glaastonbury, basic techniques of identifying and preparing a dig site, and the general procedures of excavation, including preparing grids, locating, sifting, and identifying and cataloging your finds.
Space is limited and reservations are required: Student cost is $10, all others $15. Bring snacks, lunch and plenty to drink, and wear closed shoes.
To register: contact Diane Hoover at hoover.diane.daly@gmail.com or call 860-633-6890.
To access the Historical Society of Glastonbury's web site calendar, please click here.

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

When: leave:Friday September 23   return:Sunday September 25
Where: Jamestown, Virginia
What: The fee includes round trip bus transportation (gratuity included), two nights' accommodations Old Town, Alexandria, VA, two 2 hot buffet breakfasts at the hotel, entrance to Historic Jamestown and Arlington National Cemetery.
This trip is sponsored by the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (FOSA) with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center at UConn. Advance registration with full payment to FOSA is required prior to trip. To request a registration form please Further details will be provided as they become available. Can accommodate up to 40 people, so you should make your reservations early.
To register: print off and fill out the Regsitration Form and return it along with your payment to...
CSMNH; UConn; Unit 1023; Storrs, CT 06269-1023; Attn: Jamestown. Make check out to "FOSA".
Cost: $375 double, $340 triple and $320 quad accommodations ($500 single). For more information on the trip itself, please review the Registration Form.
For a brochure on the trip, please click Brochure.
Additional Info: Potential attendees are encouraged to look at the 2 Jamestown videos on the YouTube Videos on this web site, specifically items 16 and 16a, to get an idea of what conditions were like during that first terrible winter, and what happened there ... and the archaeological research techniques being brought to bear there. Featured in item 16a is Dr. Douglas Owsley, who was the featured speaker at our 2015 Annual Meeting.
Web Site: To access the Jamestown web site, please click Historic Jamestowne.
Contact: For questions, please contact David Colberg at Dave Colberg or call 860-486-5690.

- - -  OTHER  - - -

"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   (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 (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