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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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• 2015 Scranton Series: Film Screening and Discussion "Particle Fever"

When: Thursday, March 19, 7:00PM
Where: Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison
What: This 2014 documentary follows six brilliant scientists during the launch of the Large Hadron Collider. As they seek to unravel the mysteries of the universe, 10,000 scientists from over 100 countries joined forces in pursuit of a single goal: to recreate conditions that existed just moments after the Big Bang and find the Higgs boson, potentially explaining the origin of all matter. Stay after for a discussion, and Q & A, with Dr. Don Rankin [of FOSA].
Cost: Free and open to the public.
> Please register online by clicking sign-up or call 203-245-7365. ญญ
> To access the Scranton Memorial Library's Home page, please click here. ญญ

• Brian Jones Speaking Engagement: "An Important Recent Archaeological Discovery in South Glastonbury"

When: Tuesday, March 24, 7:30PM
Where: Historical Society of Glastonbury, First Congregational Church, 2183 Main Street, Glastonbury
What: Recent construction work in South Glastonbury inadvertently uncovered evidence of an ancient Native American site in South Glastonbury. The Office of State Archaeology, with the support of volunteers, excavated the site and documented a number of cooking features and the portion of a possible house floor. Associated artifacts suggest that Native Americans used the site about 4,000 years ago. Dr. Brian Jones will discuss the finds and compare them to sites of similar age in Glastonbury and across the state. Together, these sites help to build a picture of day-to-day Native American life in our region a thousand years before the invention of pottery and three thousand years before people began to farm maize, beans and squash.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
> To access the Society's web site, click here.
> For additional information, call 860-633-6890 .

• 2015 Scranton Series: "The God Particle: An Introduction to the Higgs Boson"

When: Thursday, March 26, 7:00PM
Where: Scranton Memorial Library, 801 Boston Post Road, Madison
What: Join Dr. Don Rankin [of FOSA] for an introduction to the revolutionary discovery of the Higgs boson particle -- also known as the 'God particle' -- the particle that gives mass to all other particles, and essentially created all the universe's matter. From the origins of the all life to the Large Hadron Collider, Don will trace how the evidence is growing in support for this essential building block.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
> Please register online by clicking sign-up or call 203-245-7365. ญญ
> To access the Scranton Memorial Library's Home page, please click here. ญญ

• Brian Jones Speaking Engagement: "Five Things Everyone Should Know About the Native Archaeology of Connecticut"

When: Tuesday, March 31, 6:30PM
Where: Hagaman Memorial Library (DeMayo Room), 227 Main Street, East Haven
What: Join State Archaeologist Brian Jones for a fascinating exploration of Connecticut's pre-history! Ninety-seven percent of the history of Connecticut occurred prior to the arrival of Europeans, yet this period is only cursorily covered in the state's secondary school curriculum. In fact, Connecticut provides an important laboratory for the global study of human adaptation to changing social and natural environments. Five key topics stand out that everyone in Connecticut should understand about its deep past. These are:
> The colonization of an uninhabited Ice Age landscape,
> The adaptation to post-glacial habitats,
> The development of formalized exchange networks,
> Strategies for feeding a growing population, and
> The development of politically complex societies.
An examination of these topics indicates that the archaeology of the state provides fertile ground for understanding not only Native American life-ways of the past, but the social, economic and political challenges shared by many societies around the globe.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
> To access the Library's web site, please click here.
> For additional information, call 203-468-3890.

• Connecticut Gravestone Symposium

When: Saturday, April 11; 9:00AM - 4:00PM
Where: East Hartford Senior Center, 70 Canterbury Street, East Hartford, CT
What: Join us for the 2015 Connecticut Gravestone Symposium, hosted by the Friends of Center Cemetery in East Hartford, at the East Hartford Senior Center. Speakers this year include...
> "Restoring the Old Yard" by Joan Hill;
> "Data Set in Stone" by Kate Schnuck; and,
> "The Graveyard is Now a Parking Lot" by David Oat.
Cost: $10.00 general public, $5.00 for CGN members. CGN Dues of $10.00 are payable at the door.
> To view the Flyer for this year's Symposium, please click here.
> For additional information, please send an email to
Ruthie Brown or call 860-643-5652

• Meigs Point Nature Center Earth Day Celebration

When: Saturday, April 11, 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Where: Meigs Point Nature Center, 1288 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT 06443
What: Live Animal Presentations, Guest Speakers and fun activities for all. Additionally there will be archaeology, geology, paleontology exhibits, and an atlatl demonstration by FOSA member Gary Nolf. Folks can bring artifacts for interpretation.
Cost: This a free event with free admission to the Hammonasset Beach State park.
> For a map to the Meigs Point Nature Center, please click here.
> To access the Meigs Point Nature Center's web site, please click Meigs Point.

Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "Strange and Unique Cases of the State Archaeologist"

When: April 16; 7:00 PM
Where: Stafford Library, 10 Levinthal Run, Stafford Springs, CT 06076
What:Join former state archaeologist Nick Bellantoni as he describes unique and interesting situations which he's been called on to investigate, including things such as skeletons being found at the base of a hill (an abandoned cemetery) and a mausoleum whose shelving levels have collapsed over the years.
Cost: Free.
> To register online, please click register online.
> For more info: please click Stafford Library or call 860-684-2852

• Brian Jones Speaking Engagement: "GPR Investigations of the Merriman Cemetery in Southington"

When: Tuesday, April 28; 7:30 PM
Where: Community Room at The Orchards, 34 Hobart Street, Southington, CT 06489.
What: CT State Archaeologist Brian Jones will discuss the use of Ground Penetrating Radar during investigations at the Merriman Cemetery.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
> To access the Southington Genealogical Society's web site, please click: here.

• Upcoming Archaeological Organizations' Meetings

> Massachusetts Archaeological Society Meeting Spring Meeting April 11. For info, click here.

> Society for American Archaeology Meeting, Sand Francisco April 15-19: For info, click here.

> Archaeological Society of Connecticut Spring Meeting. Putnam Park, Redding, April 25

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"History Channel: MysteryQuest: Hitler's Escape with Dr. Nick Bellantoni"

When: repeated at various times during 2015.
              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

Scranton Memorial Library