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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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 Kathy Walburn.
> 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.

  • May 21 - June 23   Continuing excavations at Connecticut's oldest paleoindian site in Washington Depot under the direction of doctors Zachary Singer and Cosimo Sgarlata during the Western Connecticut State University Field School.
  • June 25-27   Support the Kids are Scientists & Engineers Too (KASET) childrens' summer field school.
  • July 2   Support the Stonington Point Lighthouse public excavation.
  • July 6   Support the archaeological excavation portion of Ebony Horsewomen childrens' program Hartford's Keney Park.
  • July 12   Support the Farmington Land Trust public excavation.
  • July 13   Prepare the Captain John Mason site in Windsor for the upcoming Teachers' field school.
  • July 16-20   Support the Teachers' field school at the Captain John Mason site in Windsor.
  • July 23-27   Support a pilot program providing Veteran's an opportunity to participate in an archaeological excavation.
  • July 30-Aug 3   Support the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History field school at the John Hollister site in Glastonbury.
  • Aug 6-10   FOSA excavations at the John Hollister site in Glastonbury.
  • Aug 13-14   Support the Glastonbury Historical Society public excavation.
  • Aug 17   Support the East Lyme public excavation.

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• Don Rankin Speaking Engagement: "Daniel Hand: Progressive Philanthropist"

When: Friday, June 29, 6:30PM
Where: Deacon John Grave House,581 Boston Post Road, Madison, CT
Sponsor: ACADEMY - Save the Heart of Madison, and the Deacon John Grave House
What: Dr. Rankin, FOSA member and a member of the Madison Historical Society, will chronicle the incredible and inspirational life led by Madison's own Daniel Hand. Folks will learn from the talk what a true local and national hero Daniel Hand was through his highly principled life style and unparalleled generosity in the final years of his life. Daniel Hand's life spanned almost the entire 19th century (1801-1891).
Cost: Free.
Note: On the lawn: bring your own chair, picnic basket, wine.
To see a flyer for the event, please click here.


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

When: Monday July 9 thru Friday July 13, 9:00AM to noon
Where: UConn, Storrs CT (Details will be provided to registrants.)
What: Do you like uncovering evidence to solve mysteries? Do you like getting your hands dirty exploring the outdoors? Spend a week exploring the world of field archaeology with Connecticut State Archaeologist Brian Jones, PhD. You will learn about the science, tools, and methods used by genuine archaeologists and be part of a real archaeological field crew. Participants will be doing hands-on fieldwork and laboratory research at a professional archaeological dig at UConn.
Who: Grades 5 through 10.
Advance Registration is required.
Cost: $200.
> To register online, please click here.
> To register via postal mail, please download the brochure and registration form, by clicking Registration Form, fill it out, and mail it along with your payment to the address on the form.
> To see a flyer for the event, please click flyer.
For additional information, please contact David Colberg at david.colberg@uconn.edu or call 860-486-5690.


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

When: Monday July 16 thru Friday July 20, 9:00AM thru 3:00PM
Where: Windsor, CT. (Details will be provided to registrants.)
What: Educators will spend a week doing hands-on archaeology at the Archaeology Field School for Educators sponsored by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Office of State Archaeology. This field school is designed to give educators who teach history or social science in a classroom or museum setting a deeper appreciation of the importance of archaeology as a tool for learning about Connecticut's fascinating past. The field school will cover the basics of field methods, paperwork, data management, and artifact identification. Learning proper archaeological methods will develop the participant's understanding of the ethical aspects of archaeology and the archaeologist's responsibility to preserve the data they retrieve so that it will remain valuable to future researchers. These lessons provide a first step toward developing the skills needed to undertake your own archaeological investigations with students.

Participants will experience an authentic archaeological investigation, working with primary sources at a historic site in Windsor, Connecticut. They will also learn about the role of the Office of State Archaeology and how it can be an important resource in developing archeological lessons and activities for students.
Advance Registration is required.
Cost: $50.
To register online please click here.
To register via postal mail, please click Registration Form to download a registration form, fill it out, and mail it along with your payment to the address at the bottom of the form.
> To see a flyer for the event, please click flyer.
For additional information, please contact David Colberg at david.colberg@uconn.edu or call 860-486-5690.


• CT State Museum of Natural History (CSMNH): Archaeology Field School for Veterans and Active Duty Military Personnel

When: Monday July 23 thru Friday July 27, 9:00AM to noon
Where: Windsor, CT (Details will be provided to registrants.)
What: Veterans and active duty military personnel will spend a week doing hands-on archaeology at an Archaeology Field School sponsored by the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Office of State Archaeology. The field school will cover the basics of field methods, paperwork, data management, and artifact identification. Learning proper archaeological methods will develop the participant's understanding of the ethical aspects of archaeology and the archaeologist's responsibility to preserve the data they retrieve so that it will remain valuable to future researchers.

Participants will have the opportunity to experience an official Office of State Archaeology dig at a historic site in Windsor, Connecticut.
Advance Registration is required.
Cost: $0.00.
> To register online, please click here.
> To register via postal mail, please download the brochure and registration form, by clicking Registration Form, fill it out, and mail it along with your payment to the address on the form.
For additional information, please contact David Colberg at david.colberg@uconn.edu or call 860-486-5690.


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

When: Monday July 30 thru Friday August 3, 9:00AM thru 3:00PM
Where: Glastonbury, CT. (Details will be provided to registrants.)
What: Spend a week learning about archaeology at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center's Field School! 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!
Advance Registration is required.
Cost: $250.
To register online please click here.
To register via postal mail, please click Registration Form to download a registration form, fill it out, and mail it along with your payment to the address at the bottom of the form.
For additional information, please contact David Colberg at david.colberg@uconn.edu or call 860-486-5690.





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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.


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