Due to current Coronavirus concerns, most of the activities normally scheduled during the remainder of 2020 have been either canceled or postponed. New dates will be announced as we become aware of them.
Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, Inc. (FOSA) is a volunteer not-for-profit organization formed in 1997. The
organization was formed by people concerned about support for the Connecticut Office of State Archaeology (OSA), which has
a minimal budget for staff other than the State Archaeologist's salary.
FOSA's mission is to enhance OSA efforts and help meet the numerous state-mandated responsibilities of the Office. Dedicated to supporting the efforts of the Office of State Archaeology (OSA), FOSA's mission is to help the OSA meet the office's numerous state-mandated responsibilities, and to enable the office to provide additional services to the state's towns, students, and other citizens.
FOSA meets these goals by:
> Developing and facilitating educational activities to increase public awareness of the OSA and archaeological issues in general.
> Encouraging participation by communities, institutions, corporations and individuals in supporting the mission of the OSA.
> Encouraging partnerships between OSA scientific research initiatives and local communities.
> Developing permanent sources of financial support and other public assistance for OSA efforts.
"The active participation of volunteer organizations,
particularly FOSA, are critical to the ability of the Office of State Archaeology
to accomplish its mission of preserving the rich archaeological heritage of the State of
Connecticut. Their efforts are greatly appreciated."
- Sarah Sportman
For More Info
To learn more about the responsibilities of the Office of State Archaeology, how FOSA helps in this endeavor, and for a biographical sketch of Sarah Sportman, please click the
Welcome, Sarah Sportman
On February 14, 2020, it was announced that Dr. Sarah Sportman would become the new Connecticut State Archaeologist, replacing Dr. Brian Jones who passed away on July 4, 2019. For biographical information on Dr. Sportman and her work, on the About Us page, please click
To access a copy of the latest FOSA Brochure, for review or printing, please click Brochure.
To read an article by interim State Archaeologist Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni on the challenges facing archaeologists and archaeological sites, please click:
For information or questions about the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology and its activities, please send us an email by clicking firstname.lastname@example.org.
To join the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, or even just make a donation, please click Join Us / Donate.
You can make a difference for FOSA, even if you're not a member, if you shop on Amazon.com. FOSA is a registered charity with Amazon's foundation, Amazon Smile. For qualified purchases, a portion of your purchase (.5%) will be donated to the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, CT. You may register for this program at www.smile.amazon.com. Registration is free and you will pay the same purchase price for your items.
- - OF SPECIAL NOTE - -
Beginning September, 2009, FOSA and the Archaeological Society of Connecticut (ASC) agreed to enter a closer association with each other, working collaboratively together in order to increase the public's awareness of Connecticut's archaeological past, in addition to our common aim of supporting the Office of State Archaeology.
While both organzations remain distinct, the presidents of each organization will be attending the other's Board meetings, members from each will be encouraged to attend the other's annual meetings, and charges for attendance at one organization's events will be the same for members of the other organization.
To link to the ASC web site, please click www.ctarchaeology.org/.
As a favor to ASC, which had been struggling with their own website due to the unexpected passing of their webmaster in April 2017, we had been posting recent ASC Newsletters on the FOSA website. However, ASC has completed the scanning and storage of those and all other back issues of the ASC Newsletters and made them available to the public. As a result, we'll no longer be presenting copies of the ASC Newsletters on our website.
In addition to newsletters, back issues of the ASC Bulletins have also been scanned and made available online.
Both of these archives can be accessed by clicking
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