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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• Brian Jones Lecture: "Pre-Colonial Columbia: Eastern CT Native People And Their Stone Artifacts"

When: Thursday, April 28, 2016 6:00PM
Where: Columbia Congregational Church, 325 Route 87, Columbia, CT
What: This lecture is part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Columbia Historical Society, which will follow their annual potluck supper. Dr. Jones will discuss the geology of the area and its impact on the Native Americans who lived there in pre-Colonial times; as well as the tribes living there. It will also include a show-and-tell of these peoples' stone technologies. Attendees are invited to bring their locally-found artifacts for identification and discussion.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
For additional info: please click here.

Appalachain Mountain Club Hike: People's State Forest

When: Thursday, April 28, 2016 9:15AM
Where: People's State Forest, Barkhamsted, CT
What: From Native American Soapstone Quarry to 19th century Lighthouse Community, we hike 8 miles with Barkhamsted historian Paul Hart, and visit four archeological sites quarry, farmhouse foundation, charcoal mound, and site of famous Lighthouse Community. Five trails Bronson, Landgraf, Bowen, Pack, and Gerard take us through oak forest and mountain laurel grove, over Ragged Mountain, and past vernal pools and Beaver Meadow. Option for more on Fall Cut-Off (299 steps) and Ross Trails. Two car spots: three minutes to terminus, and five minutes to step-off. Bring hiking boots, food, drink, optional poles. Maximum 20 due to limited parking at trailhead. No children, no dogs. Steady rain or hazardous road conditions will cancel.
In addition: Meet at 9:15 at the People's State Forest parking lot on East River Road for prompt 9:30 start. Email registration is required due to parking limitations at trailhead. AMC hike leader and FOSA member is Margaret Johansson.
To register, or for additional informationemail Margaret at margaretejohansson@gmail.com. On the day of the hike, call Margaret at 860-818-1589.
Directions: Directions: From Rt. 44 in Pleasant Valley, head east on either Rt. 318 (Ripley Hills Rd) or Rt. 181 (Pleasant Valley Rd). Continue on Rt. 181 across Farmington River, take immediate left onto East River Rd, and continue north 1.1 miles to Matthies Grove parking lot on left (ticket booth will be closed; no parking fee). From Matthies, we will car spot 1.3 miles to Gerard Trail terminus, and then 2.0 miles to Bronson Trail step-off.

• 2016 Friends of Hammonassett Plant and Shrub Sale
When: Wednesday May 4 thru Saturday June 11; 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: .3 miles east of the main entrance to Hammonasset Beach State Park on Rte 1.
What:The Friends of Hammonasset will hold their 16th annual Plant and Shrub Sale at Hammonasset Beach State Park beginning May 4th and running until June 11 th, or when sold out. The sale begins with a large variety of premium hanging baskets, perennials, and weather permitting, 4 annuals and flats of bedding plants and vegetables. We also anticipate availability of shrubs at very competitive prices in time for Mother's Day weekend.
The Friends of Hammonasset provides environmental education, works to preserve the Park's natural resources and serves as an advocate for Hammonasset Beach State Park. Funds raised support Meigs Point Nature Center and a variety of Park projects. Additionally, the Friends of Hammonasset is committed to fund exhibits and furnishings for the new Nature Center to be opened at Meigs Point near the present facility.
Cost: Folks are invited to support the sale by bringing potted perennials from their own gardens during the sale from 9am-5pm daily, 7 days a week.
For additional information or to voluneer: access the web site by clicking hammonasset.org or call Don Rankin 203-245-9192 or email at Don Rankin.

Fall Preview: Jamestown Settlement, Arlington National Cemetery, and Old Town Alexandra, VA Trip

When: leave:Friday September 23   return:Sunday September 25
Where: Jamestown, Virginia
What: The fee includes round trip bus transportation (gratuity included), two nights' accommodations Old Town, Alexandria, VA, two 2 hot buffet breakfasts at the hotel, entrance to Historic Jamestown and Arlington National Cemetery.
This trip is sponsored by the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (FOSA) with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center at UConn. Advance registration with full payment to FOSA is required prior to trip. To request a registration form please Further details will be provided as they become available. Can accommodate up to 40 people, so you should make your reservations early.
To register: print off and fill out the Regsitration Form and return it along with your payment to...
CSMNH; UConn; Unit 1023; Storrs, CT 06269-1023; Attn: Jamestown. Make check out to "FOSA".
Cost: $375 double, $340 triple and $320 quad accommodations ($500 single). For more information on the trip itself, please review the Registration Form.
For a brochure on the trip, please click Brochure.
Additional Info: Potential attendees are encouraged to look at the 2 Jamestown videos on the YouTube Videos on this web site, specifically items 16 and 16a, to get an idea of what conditions were like during that first terrible winter, and what happened there ... and the archaeological research techniques being brought to bear there. Featured in item 16a is Dr. Douglas Owsley, who was the featured speaker at our 2015 Annual Meeting.
Web Site: To access the Jamestown web site, please click Historic Jamestowne.
Contact: For questions, please contact David Colberg at Dave Colberg 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 2016. 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 (Facebook).

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