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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."
> For additional information, please call 860-486-4460.
> For directions and hours, please click here.
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• FOSA Outreach Display: Haddam Neck Fair
When: Friday August 29 thru Monday September 1 (display only)
Sunday, August 31 10:00AM to noon (Outreach folks on site)
Where: 26 Quarry Road, Haddam Neck, CT 06424
What: For most of the Fair, the display will be an unmanned 3-fold "photo exhibit" board, along with FOSA brochures for people to pick up. On August 30th from 10:00am to noon we will have a larger display under a tent outside of the Educational Building. During this 2 hour time slot we will be there to talk a bit about FOSA and archaeology in CT.
> For information on the Fair, including admission fees and event times, please click here.
• Venture Smith Day
When: Saturday, September 13 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Where: First Church of Christ, Congregational, 499 Town Street, East Haddam
What: The event will be held at Venture's grave in First Church Cemetery on Town Street (Route 151) in East Haddam, CT. Featured speaker will be Yale Professor Allegra di Bonaventura, author of the book "For Adam's Sake"
> For additional information, please click http://firstchurcheh.org/.
• Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "The Long Journey Home of Albert Afraid of Hawk"
When: Thursday, September 18 7:00PM
Where: Bruce Museum, Bantle Lecture Hall, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT
Sponsored By: Archaeological Associates of Greenwich
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, please call 203-869-0376.
• Friends of Center Cemetery: "An Evening of Mourning"
When: Saturday, September 20 7:00PM
Where: Center Cemetery, 940 Main Street, East Hartford, CT
Sponsored By: Friends of Center Cemetery
What: On Saturday, September 20th at 7:00 pm. come on down to Center Cemetery on Main St. in East Hartford and let us entertain you with this one of kind event that blends history with humor. This is a fund raising event to help the Friends group with their ongoing efforts of restoration throughout the oldest section of the burying ground. This cemetery was established in 1710 as the 2nd burying ground of Hartford.
Keeping this history alive and intact for future generations is our purpose. Help us meet that goal.
> For additional information, please click here.
> For information on the Friends of Center Cemetery, please check out their Facebook page by clicking here.
• 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: 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.