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 or other FOSA members in the list below.
To get an idea of what these are like, please access our YouTube Videos page.

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Tentative Field Work Schedule for 2018.

Please note that this schedule is tentative, and subject to change at any time.

FOSA members who have expressed an interest in field work will be notified of particulars as the date approaches.

> If you are a FOSA member and might nevertheless like to contribute in the work, please contact Scott at fosa.ct@gmail.com.
> If you are not a FOSA member, 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 may be limited time available for instructional purposes.

FOSA members who have an interest in helping out at the FOSA Outreach Table
can locate events where the Table will be set up at. If you would like to help out at one of these events and haven't been contacted by the FOSA Outreach Coordinator, you can get the particulars by sending an email to fosaoutreach@hotmail.com.

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• Nick Bellantoni to Share 'Deeply Human' Archeology Stories : "The Long Journeys Home"

At various times during the remainder of 2018 and into 2019, Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni will be giving talks on his new book, The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry 'Opukaha'ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk. Detailed information on Nick's talks can be found by clicking here.
Following is a list of dates and locations where the talks will be held.
(Asterisked items: Venue will purchase and have books available.)


  2 – iCRV Radio, Ivoryton, 11:00AM, Info: icrvradio.com/programs/program/116 or call 860-526-4278 (interview lasts about 1 hr. and will be online for about 3 months)
  3 – Otis Library*, 261 Main Street, Norwich, CT, 6:00PM   Info: www.eventkeeper.com/mars/xpages/O/OTIS/ekp.cfm?curOrg=OTIS or call 860-889-2365
11 – The New Haven Museum*, 114 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT, 5:30PM   Info: www.newhavenmuseum.org/ or call 203-562-4183
13 – FOSA – Archaeology Expo, Mashantucket, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, 110 Pequot Trail, Ledyard, CT Info: see below.
17 – Bracken Memorial Library, 57 Academy Rd, Woodstock, CT 7:00PM   Info: www.woodstockacademy.org/Page/2#calendar1/20181028/month   or call 860-928-6575.
25 – Stafford Public Library, 10 Levinthal Run, Stafford Springs, CT 7:00PM   Info: www.staffordlibrary.org/ or call 860-284-2852.
28 - Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, 733 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, CT, 2:00PM   Info: www.ewml.org/ or call 203-452-2850.


  1 - Lucy Robbins Welles Library, 95 Cedar Street, Newington, CT, 7:00PM   Info: www.newingtonct.gov/2428/Library or call 860-665-8700.
  3 – Danbury Museum and Historical Society, 43 Main St, Danbury, CT, 3:00PM   Info: danburymuseum.org/ or call 203-743-5200.
  8 – Trinity College, Mather Hall, Common Hour Seminar, 300 Summit St, Hartford, CT, Noon   Info: https://www.trincoll.edu/ or call 860-297-2000.
13 - Ledyard Public Library, Bill Library, 718 Colonel Ledyard Hwy, Ledyard, CT, 7:00PM,   Info: http://www.eventkeeper.com/... or call 860-464-9912.


  2 – Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT, 3:00PM   Info: https://www.iaismuseum.org/ or call 860-868-0518.


17 – East Hartford Public Library, 840 Main St., East Hartford, CT, 7:00PM   Info: https://www.easthartfordct.gov/library or call 860-291-7100.


12 - Windsor Historical Society, 96 Palisado Avenue, Windsor, CT, 7:00PM   Info: https://windsorhistoricalsociety.org/.../ or call 860-688-3813.
14 – Norwalk Community College Archaeology Club, 188 Richards Ave, Norwalk, CT, 8:00PM   Info: contact Ernie Wiegand at NCC, at 203-857-7000.


  5 – Torrington Historical Society, 192 Main St, Torrington, CT, 6:30PM   Info: http://www.torringtonhistoricalsociety.org/ or call 860-482-8260.

Darien Historical Society
Cornwall Historical Society
WSHU, Public Radio, Sacred Heart Univ.
Stanley Whitman House, Farmington

2018 Archaeology Expo

When: Saturday October 13, 2018, 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Where: Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT (800) 411-9671
What: Bring your family to the Pequot Museum for a day of exploration! Archaeologists and historians from across the region will share their discoveries. There's something for everyone, from experts and professionals to enthusiasts and kids, don't miss out!
• tour the Pequot Museum's archaeology labs
• visit historical sites on the reservation
• archaeology demonstrations
• artifact displays
• kids discovery stations (hands-on activites)
• poster sessions
• flintknapping (stone tool making)
• and more!
• Guest speakers will include Nick Bellantoni, who will give a lecture about his new book, The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry 'Opukaha'ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk; Sarah Sportman and Ross Harper of the Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc. (PAST, Inc.), Dr. Cosimo Sgarlata (Western CT State University), Katherine Reinhart (PAST, Inc), David Naumec of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center), and CT State Archaeologist Brian Jones.
This event will be held inside the museum's Gathering Space with its soaring glass ceiling and acclaimed Native restaurant. There is no charge to enter the Gathering Space.
To access the Expo Flyer, please click AAM Flyer.
• For Directions please click here.

FOSA Members: If you would like to help out in the FOSA Outreach Display at the Fair, you can email Outreach Chair Kathy Walburn by clicking fosaoutreach@hotmail.com.

The ASC Fall Meeting will also be held during the Expo. Detailed information on the Meeting, including the speakers and their subjects, can be found near the end of this page by clicking here. As additional information becomes available it will be posted.

• Conference / Symposium: Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology, Halifax, Nova Scotia

When: Thursday October 18 - Sunday October 21
For detail information, please click here.

• Adams Mill Trail Walk

When: Saturday, October 20, 1:00PM
Where: Meet at the far left side of the parking lot of Adams Mill Restaurant, 165 Adams Street, Manchester.
What: It's Archeology Month! Come explore the trails, dams, and remnants of the former Adams paper mills along the Hockanum River with members of the Hockanum River Linear Park Committee, the Town Historian, and author Dick Symonds. Hilly and bumpy walk along the river with views of sandstone walls, an old hydro-electric operation. About 2 miles; takes about 2 hours, with commentary. Be prepared for wet terrain. Some athletic ability helpful. We will hike if light rain -- bring an umbrella -- but extreme weather cancels. No dogs, please.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Note: Click here for information about the trail and a self-guiding map.

• Cell Block Tales: Haddam Jail Tour

When: Saturday, October 20, 1:00 - 4:00PM
Where: 945 Saybrook Road, Haddam, CT 06438
What: The Haddam Historical Society will host a tour of the historic Haddam Jail cellblock. Visitors will meet some of the famous and not so well-known prisoners who were incarcerated in the Haddam Jail in the 19th and 20th centuries. Local actors and drama students will portray real characters who were incarcerated.
Cost: Admission is $5 per person, though children under 12 will be admitted free.
For more information please visit www.haddamhistory.org or call 860-345-2400.

• Archaeological Institute of America (AIA): International Archaeology Day

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
What: Please click here to access the Archaeological Institute of America's website relating to International Archaeology Day.

• Archaeological Institute of America (AIA): International Archaeology Day Podcast: "Oops! All Buried: What Happens Before the Archaeologists Find It"

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018
What: Please click here to access "The Dirt" website where this podcast, as well as other archaeological podcasts, can be accessed.

• Teale Lecture: In the Footsteps of Late 19th Century Explorers: Reconstructing Environmental Change Across the Canadian High Arctic

When: Thursday, October 25, 4:00PM
Where: Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center, UConn, Storrs, CT
What: Lecture by Dr. John England, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta
Dr. England's scientific contributions result from 50 years of fieldwork across Canada's Arctic Archipelago documenting the nature of environmental change spanning Ice Age to present. His presentation will highlight this research, including the history of ancient ice sheets, sea ice and sea level that place dramatic modern changes of the Arctic environment in a necessary, long-term perspective. He will also include a reflection on how one's career in science brings personal discoveries that infuse one's contributions with a much deeper meaning and sense of reward. The lecture is intended to not only convey the excitement and importance of the science but also to promote public awareness of the precious heritage of the Arctic landscape.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
For information on Dr. England, please click here.

• 13th Annual Native American-Archaeology Roundtable:  "The Benefits of Multiple Perspectives for Interpreting Our Local Histories and Cultural Heritage: Decolonizing New England Archaeology and Museum Studies"

When: Saturday, October 27, 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Where: Shepaug Valley High School, 159 South Street, Washington, CT 06793
What: "Colonialism" has been defined as when one nation seizes control of another nation's natural resources and peoples for profit. An extreme form is "settler colonialism", in which the invading nation attempts to permanently settle the territory by eliminating the native population and erasing its culture. In recent years, several researchers have branded the colonization of New England colonialism as settler colonialism. "Decolonization" is the act of undoing the effects of colonization. It includes removing the cultural biases of the dominant colonial culture from historical interpretations to allow a more accurate presentation of a country's past and present history and heritage. Recently, the decolonization movement has begun to remove the confines of colonial histories in the study of indigenous and other once "marginalized peoples". Acts like NAGPRA, along with efforts to involve members from these communities in all aspects of historical study and programming have created new, more accurate interpretations that utilize archaeology, oral tradition, and written documentation to correctly incorporate native, captive, and emigrant lifeways and thought into the larger history of the Americas. Papers presented in this conference express efforts by museum professionals, archaeologists, historians, and indigenous leadership to decolonize archaeological, historical, and museum studies in the 21st Century.
Cost: Open to the public; admission is $10 at the door, which includes admission to the IAIS museum. . Refreshments will be served.
For additional information, call 860-868-0518. You can access the IAIS website by clicking iaismuseum.org.

• Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum's "Witches and Tombstones Tours"

When: Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 - tours begin at 10:00AM
Where: 211 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109
What: The tours will begin in the museum's Stevens House, where visitors will step into the parlor set up for the wake of little Henry Stevens, who perished in 1828 at age 3. The next stop is the Wethersfield Ancient Burying Ground, with Henry Stevens's tiny headstone and those of his father and mother,the final resting places of the victims of Connecticut's first mass murder. The last stop is the ca. 1714 Buttolph-Williams House for tales from the notorious Wethersfield witch trials.
Note: The 90-minute timed tours will begin at 10:00AM and leave every 45 minutes.
Cost: The cost is $18 per person. Advance tickets go on sale September 25 and may be purchased at webb-deane-stevens.org/witches-and-tombstones-tours-2/.

• Eastern States Archaeological Federation (EASF) - 85thAnnual Meeting

When: Thursday-Sunday, November 1-4, 2018
Where: Ramada Inn, 21000 NYS Rt 3, Watertown, NY
What: This year's speaker will be Dr. Ron Williamson, who is founder of ASI and has over 40 years of field and administrative experience. He holds an Honours BA from the University of Western Ontario and MA and PhD from McGill University, all in Anthropology. He is also an Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Toronto (Anthropology) and at Western University (Anthropology) in London and Chair, Board of Directors at the Museum of Ontario Archaeology at London. He has published widely on both Indigenous and early colonial Great Lakes history and is a recipient of the Smith-Wintemberg award of the Canadian Archaeological Association.
To Register: Please click here.
For information on Dr. Williamson, please click here.
Note: While not officially in October, this is taking place in the same week, so....

• Conference / Symposium: American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA

When: Wednesday November 14 - Sunday November 18
For detail information, please click here.

• Conference / Symposium: Society for Historical Archaeology, Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, St. Charles, MO

When: Wednesday January 9 - Saturday January 12, 2019
For detail information, please click here.

• Conference / Symposium: Mid-Atlantic Archaeological Conference, Ocean City, MD

When: Thursday March 21- Sunday March 24, 2019
For detail information, please click here.

• Conference / Symposium: Society for American Archaeology 84th Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM

When: Wednesday April 10 - Sunday April 14, 2019
For detail information, please click here.


Where: Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Fleet Room, Level 2

Theme: Research and Publications this Summer

Once again, the ASC Fall Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Connecticut Archaeology Expo. The Expo is open from 10AM to 4PM, will be held in the gathering space of the museum, and is free and open to all. The ASC Speakers Session is being organized by Brian Jones, State Archaeologist and Dawn Brown, ASC Program Chair with the following program:


10:30 Brian Jones, CT State Archaeologist

“Highlights from the 2018 OSA Field Season”

11:00 Cosimo Sgarlata, WCSU

"WCSU Field School at Templeton"

11:30 David Naumec, MPMRC

"Preliminary findings for the Pequot Swamp Fight (Southport, CT): The final battle of the Pequot War"

1:00 Keynote Speaker Nick Bellantoni

"The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry Opukaha'ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk"

2:00 Sarah P. Sportman and Ross K. Harper, PAST, Inc.

"Settling Connecticut: A 17th Century Component in Old Wethersfield"

2:30 Katie Reinhart, AHS, PAST, Inc.

"Preliminary Results from Recent Analysis of Botanical Remains from the Early 18th Century Sprague Site, Andover"

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT

Follow Route 2 East, take Exit 28 South to I-395 South. From I-395 South, take Exit 79A to Route 2A East, crossing the Mohegan-Pequot Bridge. Turn left on Route 12. Take the first right onto Route 2A East. Follow Route 2A to Route 2. Turn right onto Route 2 East. Stay on Route 2 and take the Route 214 exit. At the Foxwoods Boulevard light, go straight, drive 3/10 mile to third light (including Foxwoods Blvd. light), turn right onto Pequot Trail. The Public Safety Building is on the left. Continue until you reach the Museum parking lot on the left.

From NYC/New Haven
Follow I-95 North, take Exit 92. Turn left onto Route 2 West. Stay on Route 2 West for 8 miles. Take the Foxwoods Boulevard exit; then move to the left lane for Route 214 West. At the Foxwoods Boulevard light, go straight, drive 3/10 mile to third light (including Foxwoods Blvd. light), turn right onto Pequot Trail. The Public Safety Building is on the left. Continue until you reach the Museum parking lot on the left.

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"History Channel: MysteryQuest: Hitler's Escape with Dr. Nick Bellantoni"
When: repeated at various times during 2018. 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 2018. 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.


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