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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 (snow date: Sunday, January 25)
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."
Abstract: A 9000-year-old skeleton was accidentally found in 1996 on the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington. After legal wrangling to gain access to the skeleton, Douglas Owsley and a team of specialists were allowed to conduct a 16-day study of the skeleton in 2005. Among his conclusions, Owsley says that Kennewick Man was from the northern Pacific coast, not the inland region where he was found. His ancestry is closer to coastal East Asians than Native Americans, a discovery that makes many scientists rethink the history of the human migration of North America. In this presentation, Owsley examines more of the secrets held so long by the bones of Kennewick Man.
> In the event of inclement weather, FOSA will post a notice on WTIC (AM 1080) by 10:30 AM
> To view a flyer for the meeting, please click Meeting Flyer.
> 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.
Cost: General Admission: $10.00;  non-Farmington students with ID: $5.00;  FOSA, ASC, CSMNH and Farmington students & faculty admitted free with ID.
From I-84 East or West:
1) Take Exit 39, proceed west on Route 4/Farmington Avenue for 3.9 miles, crossing Route 10 at about 1.5 miles.
2) Approximately 2.4 miles past Route 10, turn right on Monteith Drive.
3) Drive past Town Hall at right, to Farmington High School at top of hill. Follow signs to parking and auditorium.
From Route 4 East:
Drive 1.25 miles east of Route 177, turn left on Monteith Drive.
Follow step 3 directions above.

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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

Museum of Connecticut Glass