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 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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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@gmail.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.)

AUGUST

  23 Quinebaug Community College, 742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, CT, 1:00 PM   Info: https://qvcc.edu/programs/lir/ or call 860-932-4901. [A "Learning in Retirement" event]

SEPTEMBER

  17 James L. Goodwin Conservation Center, 23 Potter Road, Hampton, CT, 6:30 PM   Info: call 860-455-9534.

NOVEMBER

  6 Seabury Adult Living Community, 200 Seabury Dr, Bloomfield, CT, 6:30 PM   Info: call 860-286-0243.

  19 - Guilford Community Center, 32 Church Street, Guilford, CT, 9:30 AM   Info: call 203-453-8068 [A "Learning in Retirement" event]

  21 - Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA, noon,   Info: https://springfieldmuseums.org/ or call 413-263-6800

TO BE ANNOUNCED
Cornwall Historical Society
WSHU, Public Radio, Sacred Heart University
Stanley Whitman House, Farmington
Edith Wheeler Library, Monroe
CSMNH Fund-Raiser, UConn

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• NEW OSA INTERNET RADIO SHOW: "Celebrating our textured past through the finds of great enthusiasts ... Archaeology of Connecticut"

What: FOSA is pleased to advise you that iCRV Radio, an internet streaming radio station based in Ivoryton, CT, has begun featuring a program on Connecticut. The program will be streamed live over the internet the first Tuesday of each month, when a roundtable of contributors and guests will discuss Connecticut's rich archaeological heritage.

• In case you miss a show, or would like to hear it again, it can be heard by finding it in the list at:https://icrvradio.com/programs/program/285.
• For an overview of the subjects of past shows, please click here.

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PLEASE NOTE
• CT State Museum of Natural History (CSMNH) Educators Archaeology Field School, July 1 thru July 5
• CT State Museum of Natural History (CSMNH): Archaeology Field School for Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel, July 29 - August 2
These 2 archaeological field schools have been cancelled as individual events, due to the illness of Dr. Jones.
Individuals who have already registered, or who haven't registered but nevertheless would have wished to participate, can still participate in the "Archaeology Field School for Adults" (August 5 thru 9) at the same registration price as you would have paid for the original events (veterans and activity-duty military: no cost, educators: $50).
To ensure enrollment, payment should be made to "Office of State Archaeology, UConn" as early as possible. Checks should be mailed to: Brian Jones, Office of State Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, 354 Mansfield Rd, Unit 1176, Storrs, CT 06269-1176.
• For questions, please contact FOSA President Scott Brady at fosa.ct@gmail.com.


• UPCOMING OSA INTERNET RADIO SHOW: "The Morgan Site, a Late Woodland Village in Rocky Hill"

When: Tuesday August 6, 2019, broadcast begins 5:00 PM

What: Morgan is an 11th 14th century Native American village site on the Connecticut River in Rocky Hill. The site's excellent preservation provides a striking example of the complexity of late pre-contact lifeways (diet, shelter, trade, spirituality) at the time Europe was experiencing the Dark Ages and the plague. (For information on the Morgan Site, please click https://diggingintothepast.org/morgan/).

• In case you miss a show, or would like to hear it again, it can be heard by finding it in the list at: https://icrvradio.com/programs/program/285.
• For an overview of the subjects of past shows, please click here.


• CT State Museum of Natural History (CSMNH): Archaeology Field School for Adults

When: Monday August 5 thru August 9, 9:00AM to 3:00PM
Where: Directions & details will be provided to registrants.
What: Spend a week learning about Connecticut archaeology! 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. The dig will take place at a recently discovered and very significant site dating to the mid to late 1600s. Your findings will add important information to our understanding of Connecticut's rich historic past!
Cost: $200. To enroll, contact Brian Jones at brian.jones@uconn.edu with the subject line OSA Field School.
To ensure enrollment, payment should be made to "Office of State Archaeology, UConn" as early as possible. Checks should be mailed to: Brian Jones, Office of State Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, 354 Mansfield Rd, Unit 1176, Storrs, CT 06269-1176.


• Archaeology Road Show

When: Thursday, August 7, 4:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: 274 River Road, Madison, CT
What: Join FOSA members Gary Nolf and Don Rankin in their latest offering of the "Archaeology Road Show." Their subjects will include the geology of Connecticut and how it impacted Native Americans living there, the activities and methods of the area's hunters and gatherers, and a discussion of the Pequot War.
Cost: The Road Show is an attaction within Rettich Preserve fundraiser to help with the preservation of a barn on the property. Tickets are $75 and include and BBQ dinner and top notch entertainment in a beautiful outdoor setting next to Hammonasset River.
For details on the fundraiser, please click Event Poster.
To see a half-hour video of Gary and Don discussing the Road Show on an episode of Branford Public Television's "Classroom Connections" show, please click here.
Sponsored by: the Madison Land Trust.


• FOSA MEMBERS FIELD SCHOOL

When: Monday August 12 thru August 16, 9:00AM to 3:00PM
Where: Directions & details will be provided to registrants.
What: A special week just for FOSA members spend a week learning about Connecticut archaeology! This field school will cover the proper archaeological field techniques and data management for experienced and beginner excavators. As a member of this program, you will have the opportunity to participate in an official Connecticut Office of State Archaeology dig. The dig will take place at a recently discovered and very significant site dating to the mid to late 1600s. Your findings will add important information to our understanding of Connecticut's rich historic past!
NOTE: This field school was developed for FOSA members. To become a FOSA member please visit click Join FOSA on this website for more information.
Cost: Free to FOSA members. To enroll, contact Brian Jones at brian.jones@uconn.edu with the subject line OSA Field School.


• FIELD EXCAVATION: GLASTONBURY - August 19-20.
FOSA members who have expressed an interest in field work will have been notified of particulars.
> 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, 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: EAST LYME - August 23.
FOSA members who have expressed an interest in field work will have been notified of particulars.
> 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, 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.


• Don Rankin Speaking Engagement: "Slavery in America and the Underground Railroad"

When: Friday, December 6, 9:30 AM
Where: Guilford Public Library, 67 Park St, Guilford, CT
Sponsor: Schiller Shoreline Institute for Lifelong Learning (SSILL)
What: From the perspective of someone with biracial family ties, Dr. Don Rankin will chronicle the development of slavery in America and the heroic efforts of those who championed the abolishment of slavery. The origin and development of the underground railroad will be discussed. The related roles of Harriet Beecher Stowe through her book, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Abolitionists John P. Parker, Rev John Rankin, William Lloyd Garrison and many others will be shared through a slide presentation, including recent excavations undertaken at the house of Reverend Rankin, in Ripley, Ohio.
> A forum will be provided for folks to share their thoughts on racism today and ideas to mitigate the various forms of its continuing expression in America.
> To see samples from the slide presentation, please click slides.
> For an article from the New Haven Register discussing the forum and its background, from March 30, 2017, please click forum article.
> For a similar article from the Hartford Courant, from April 4, 2017, please click Courant article.
> To see a reprint of an article written by Dr. Rankin on Daniel Hand, a subject of either his talk or of the forum afterwards, please click Daniel Hand.
> For information on the Rev. John Rankin information, please click here.
> Dr. Rankin, a retired Yale-trained physician and surgeon, is a member of the Madison Historical Society, the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, Friends of Hammonasset, the National Abolition Hall of Fame and St. Andrews Church, Madison, CT.
> To see a video of a discussion between Dr. Rankin and Jan Doyle, on an episode of Branford Public Television's "Classroom Connections" show in this web site, where this subject is discussed -- including a book on this subject: Beyond the River: The Untold Story of the Heroes of the Underground Railroad by Ann Hagedorn, please click YouTube Video and click item 19.
Cost: Free.
Note: Attendees must be SSILL members . To access the SSILL website, please click https://www.ssill.org/.
For SSILL Questions, please call 203-453-8086 or email shorelineinstitute@gmail.com.




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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.

"various (PBS, Science Channel): "Secrets of the Dead: "Jamestown's Dark Winter"
What: A program discussing the 1609 winter at Jamestown, and the suffering and cannibalism that occurred there; Dr. Robert Owsley (ref. 2015 Annual Meeting) is featured in the episode. The episode is also available on Amazon as a video; see "Jamestown's Dark Winter".


OTHER GROUPS' UPCOMING EVENTS


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