Due to current Coronavirus concerns, activities normally scheduled during 2021 will be put on hold for the immediate future. 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."
- Dr. Sarah Sportman, CT State Archaeologist
For More Information
To learn more about the responsibilities of the Office of State Archaeology and how FOSA helps in this endeavor, please click the
Meet Dr. Sarah Sportman
Dr. Sarah Sportman became Connecticut State Archaeologist on February 14, 2020, replacing the late 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 Emeritus 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/.
Back issues of the ASC Bulletins and Newsletters have been scanned and made available online. Both of these
archives can be accessed by clicking
In addition, to access online lectures sponsored by ASC, in item 27 of the "Selected You Tube Videos" page of our website, please click
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