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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.

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• Hammonasset Beach First Day Hike

When: Thursday January 1, 2015 starts at 1:00PM
Where: Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, CT (behind the Nature Center) - Exit 62 off I-95
What: As part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hike program Gary Nolf and Don Rankin, members of the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology and Friends of Hammonasset, will lead a one hour hike New Year’s Day Jan 1st, at 1PM from Meigs Point Nature Center. The hike will cover one mile and will include information about the geology and Native American cultural traditions of the Park and nearby Shoreline area. The atlatl, a primitive hunting instrument , will be demonstrated. Native American Artifacts will be on display in the Nature Center.
> Individuals planning to participate in the First Day Hike should arrive at least 15 minutes before the starting time. Hikers should bring water and wear layers of clothing and sturdy, warm hiking boots or shoes, as well as hats and gloves. The hike will depart on time and return to the starting point. Anticipate wintery conditions; trails may be icy in spots. Hikers participate at their own risk!
> The event is free and open to the public. Entrance to the Park and parking are free.
> Refreshments will be available in the Nature Center.
> For additional information call 203-245-9192.
> Please Note: Dogs are not permitted on the hike.


When: Saturday January 24, 2015 starts at 1:00PM
Where: Farmington High School, 10 Montieth Drive, Farmington, CT
What: We are pleased to announce that this year's speaker will be Douglas W. Owsley, Ph.D., Division Head of Physical Anthropology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. His presentation will be on the "Secrets of Kennewick Man: The Investigation of an Ancient American Skeleton."
> A flyer with more detailed information will be available shortly.
> To read an article on Kennewick Man, put out by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, please click Kennewick Man.
> For a biographical sketch of Dr. Owsley on Wikipedia, please click Douglas Owsley.

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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 Center Cemetery

Friends of Hammonassett.

Institute for American Indian Studies.

Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club.

Madison Historical Society