INTRODUCTION to ARCHAEOLOGY

As part of the Adult Field School offerings that State Archaeologist Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni leads once each year, on-site lectures are often given in association with PowerPoint slideshows. These are intended to explain the fundamentals of archaeology, giving insight into the techniques, tools and methods used before, during and after the "digging" is performed.

While the following collection of images cannot replace the contextual discussions the Dr. Bellantoni provides with each, these will hopefully provide the viewer with an appreciation of the wealth of information provided.

At a number of places, links will be provided to direct the user to other pages in this web site, where additional information on the subject may be found.

Click on any icon to see its page, and to "walk" through the collection from that point. On each page, click on its image to see a larger view of it.


1. Archaeology 2. Working Quadrants 3. Archaeological Record 4. Artifacts (Points) 5. Artifacts (Bowl) 6. Ecofacts
7. Features 8. An Archaeological Site 9. Site Excavation (A Deep Excavation) 10. Site Excavation (Depth Measurements) 11. Site Excavation (Point and Bones) 12. Layers of Stratification
013. Multi-Disciplinary Studies 13. Multi-Disciplinary Studies - Geography 14. Multi-Disciplinary Studies - Biology 15. Multi-Disciplinary Studies - Geology 16. Multi-Disciplinary Studies - Geophysical Techniques 17. Using Ground-Penetrating Radar
18. Multi-Disciplinary Studies - Chemistry and Physics 19. Laboratory 20. Working a Grid 21. Archaeology in Connecticut 22. Pre-Contact Archaeology - Site Work 23. Historical Archaeology
24. Forensic Archaeology (Torso) 25. Forensic Archaeology (Skull) 26. Cultural Resource Management 27. Careers in Archaeology 28. Archaeology Subdisciplines 29. Burial Sites 1
30. Burial Sites 2 31. Burial Sites 3 32. Archaeology Road Show 33. Specialized Tools