UPCOMING EVENTS

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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• FIELD EXCAVATION: WINDSOR - July 11 thru July 14.
FOSA members who have expressed an interest in field work have been notified of particulars.
> If you are a FOSA member and might nevertheless like to contribute in the work, please contact Scott Brady or Kathy Walburn.
> If you are not a FOSA member, in order to participate you must first join FOSA. To do so, please access the 'Join Us' page by clicking here. Normal cost for joining is $25.
For those new to field work, please be aware that there will be limited time available for instructional purposes.


• FIELD EXCAVATION: WINDSOR - July 17 thru July 21.
FOSA members who have expressed an interest in field work have been notified of particulars.
> If you are a FOSA member and might nevertheless like to contribute in the work, please contact Scott Brady or Kathy Walburn.
> If you are not a FOSA member, in order to participate you must first join FOSA. To do so, please access the 'Join Us' page by clicking here. Normal cost for joining is $25.
For those new to field work, please be aware that there will be limited time available for instructional purposes.


• Madison Lions Club - Brian Jones Lecture: "Connecticut's Earliest European Settlers"

When: Thursday, July 20, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Where: 530 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT
What: Connecticut State Archaeologist, Dr. Brian Jones, will be coming to Madison, Thursday, July 20th to give a presentation on 17th century Connecticut Archaeology. This talk will be given at the beautiful home of Rich and Christine Robinson who live at 530 Boston Post Road in Madison opposite the Madison Green.This free event is presented by the Madison Historical Society and supported by members of FOSA and the Friends of Hammonasset. A Wine and cheese reception for Brian will take place before the talk.

The Office of State Archaeologyand public field school participants have recentlyunearthed clues about Connecticut's earliest colonial past at two important new sites.The first site is theburied house cellar of CaptainJohn Mason locatedwithin the Pequot War-era (ca. 1637)Windsor Palisade. The second site is a large buried farm complex associated with Lt. John Hollister of Glastonbury, dating between 1650 and 1715. Attendees will meet 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, relationships with their Wangunk neighbors,and how modern radar-based surveys are helping to find these long-forgotten sites.

Following the talk Gary Nolf will assist in presenting early Native American contact period and 17th Century artifacts. Also, for any interested, Don Rankin will conduct a geology tour of the property which displays a fascinating variety of landscape features.

Cost:Free. However, seating is limited. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 203-245-9192.Rain will likely require cancellation of event.
For additional information, call Don Rankin 203-245-9192 or email him by clicking Don Rankin.


• Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "Henry 'Opukaha'ia and the Foreign Mission School"

When: Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 PM.
Where: Town House on the Salem Town Green, Salem, CT
What: In 1817, a young Hawaiian orphan named Opukaha'ia left Hawaii on board a sealing ship, in an attempt to find a peaceful place to live (his family had been killed in an inter-tribal war). Eventually he and several other Hawaiian orphans found themselves training at the Foreign Mission School in Cornwall, Connecticut to bring the Christian faith to people around the world. However, the following year Opukaha'ia fell ill with typhus fever. Though at first seeming to respond to treatment, Opukaha'ia soon grew weaker and died on February 17, 1818. Before he died, Opukaha'ia expressed his desire to return to Hawaii when he said, "Oh! How I want to see Hawaii! But I think I never shall God will do right He knows what is best." Opukaha'ia was buried in a hillside cemetery in Cornwall, Connecticut, where he remained for 175 years. In 1993, a group of his descendants arranged for the remains to be returned to Hawaii. Dr. Bellantoni led the exhumation over a 2 day period that July. Following a memorial service at the United Church of Christ in Cornwall, Opukaha'ia's remains were returned to Hawaii and re-interred at Kahikolu Cemetery in Napo'opo'o, overlooking Kealakekua Bay in South Kona; the bay where he first fled his native land so many years before.
Ed. Note: An article on the life of Henry Opukaha'ia (or Obookiah as it's sometimes spelled) by former FOSA president Roger Thompson can be found in this website by clicking here.
> The meeting is free and open to the public.
> For additional information, please send an email to info@salemhistoricalsocietyct.org.


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

When: Monday July 31 thru Friday August 4, 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 at a recently discovered and signiricant site dating to the late-1600s. 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.


• FIELD EXCAVATION: SOUTH GLASTONBURY - August 7 thru August 11.
FOSA members who have expressed an interest in field work have been notified of particulars.
> If you are a FOSA member and might nevertheless like to contribute in the work, please contact Scott Brady or Kathy Walburn.
> If you are not a FOSA member, in order to participate you must first join FOSA. To do so, please access the 'Join Us' page by clicking here. Normal cost for joining is $25.
For those new to field work, please be aware that there will be limited time available for instructional purposes.


• Eastern States Archaeological Federation (EASF) - Annual Meeting

When: Thursday-Sunday, November 2-5, 2017
Where: Holiday Inn, 35 Governor Winthrop Blvd, New London, CT 06320
What: Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Archaeological Society and the ASC. Thursday, November 2 will include a tour of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and the site of a 17th century fort nearby. Friday through Sunday will feature papers delivered by archaeologists representing 12 states from Virginia to Maine, and a Saturday night banquet with Kevin McBride as the featured speaker. ESAF has not met in Connecticut since 1989, so this is a rare opportunity to see the very latest in archaeology from around the east
Additional Information, will be available shortly. For now, check the ASC web site by clicking www.ctarchaeologyasc.org or check the EASF web site by clicking www.esaf-archeology.org.


• Talcottville Walk

When: Saturday, October 14, 1:00PM
Where: Meet in the parking lot at the Talcottville Congregational Church, 10 Elm Hill Road, Vernon CT
What: This will be a three-mile hike to see the Talcottville gorge, historic bridges and buildings, and the sites of former mills. Geologically, the walk will start out on the Portland Arkose, take us over the eastern border fault into the border fault deformed zone, then into the Glastonbury Gneiss, and sand and gravel deposits. Some of the terrain is steep and bumpy, so please wear sturdy sneakers or shoes, and be prepared for some wet spots. Speakers include geologist Gary Robbins, Susan Barlow, and Jon Roe, webmaster of the Tankerhoosan and Talcottville web sites. The hike will be held rain or shine, but extreme weather cancels.


• Archaeological Institute of America: International Archaeology Day

When: Saturday, October 21
What: Please click here to access the Archaeological Institute of America's website relating to International Archaeology Day.


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"History Channel: MysteryQuest: Hitler's Escape with Dr. Nick Bellantoni"
When: repeated at various times during 2017. 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!

• "Travel Channel: Mysteries At the Museum on Griswold Vampire Case
When: repeated at various times during 2017. Check your local listings!
Where: Travel Channel
What: The "Griswold Vampire Case" began with the uncovering of 29 graves in an abandoned cemetery set in a now-eroding rock pit. In one of the graves the bones had been rearranged, following an exhumation of the deceased. Looking into this more deeply, Nick became involved in vampire legends which existed in eastern Connecticut and western Rhode Island, especially in the late-18th to late 19th centuries. It turned out that these kinds of exhumations and bone-rearrangings were an attempt by people whose families were being devastated by tuberculosis, who trying to save their families using beliefs and methods originating from eastern Europe.
For additional information: Do a Google search on "vampires" to find items on this within this web site, including a video of a talk given by Nick at Quinnipiac University in 2013 and a book, Food For the Dead, in which additional background information is provided.

"Science Channel: Secrets of the Underground: "Secret History of the New World"
When: available after original airing on Science Channel, at https://www.sciencechannelgo.com/
Where: Science Channel
What: Dr. Jones will be appearing in the Science channel show "Secrets of the Underground" premiering March 28 at 10:00 PM. The episode is entitled "Secret History of the New World." Dr. Jones will be providing context on the Gungywamp ruins in Groton.



OTHER GROUPS' UPCOMING EVENTS


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