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March 7 2022 An article put out by NPR radio station WSHU on a rare archaeological site was found on the grounds of the Two Wrasslin Cats Coffee House and Cafe in East Haddam. Over 500 ancient items have been unearthed. "And so we've found 21 fragments of these concentrated in one area of the site indicating that between 11,000 and 13,000 years ago this was an area where people sat down and made several spearpoints out of a few different types of material too," said David Leslie, who is part of the archeological team.
February 13, 2022 Article in newstimes: "Revolutionary War site in Redding will soon have an audio tour." The Connecticut Radio Information System, a nonprofit radio-reading service, was recently awarded a $46,241 federal grant that will allow the organization to create an audio tour of the Revolutionary War winter encampment at Putnam Memorial State Park in Redding. Per U.S. Representative Jim Hines, "This site housed 3,000 Revolutionary War soldiers in 1778 and 1779 and the encampment played an indispensable strategic role for the Continental Army, allowing soldiers to protect the Hudson River Valley and Long Island Sound." For an additional article, please click here.
January 2022 An article in Connecticut Magazine about the Brian D. Jones site in Avon and how the site has added to knowledge about the Paleoindian period in Connecticut.
(various) Articles about a discovery at the site of a house where Benedict Arnold once lived. An unsuspected tunnel was found, using GPR analysis. The articles also describe what they found and what also needs to be done next spring in future excavations.
December 13, 2021, New Haven Independent December 27, 2021, CT Insider
(various) Articles about the discovery of 3 presumed Revolutionary War soldiers' skeletons in Ridgefield.
December 16, 2019, Ridgefield's HamletHub January 3, 2020, Hartford Courant January 7, 2020, Ridgefield Press
November 10, 2021 An article in cnn.com on the finding of a 1,200 year-old canoe in Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin. The article describes how it was discovered, recovered, and the steps being used to preserve it.
July 26, 2021 An article in theday.com about a wreathlaying ceremony in Norwichtown at the tomb of Samuel Huntington, held by some historians to have been "the first real President of the United States" for serving at the President under the Articles of Confederation, which preceded the current Constitution of the United States.
July 9, 2021 An article in patch.com about a dig by Southern CT State University archaeology students at the Henry Whitfield House in Guilford.
May 9, 2021 An article in CT Post about a projectile point found in the backyard of a home in Monroe, uncovered while planting flowers, which appears to be between 1200 - 2700 years old, and part of the Adena culture.
April 26, 2021 An article in CT Insider about a discussion whether to count the bodies in a Wallingford cemetery. Sarah Sportman advocates doing so, using Ground Penetrating Radar. NOTE: In order to read this article you need a subscription account with the New Haven register.
April 1, 2021 An ABC News article about a handful of Arabian silver coins found in Rhode Island, and other random corners of New England may help solve one of the planet's oldest cold cases. The villain in this tale: a murderous English pirate, Henry Every, who became the world's most-wanted criminal after plundering a ship carrying Muslim pilgrims home to India from Mecca, then eluded capture by posing as a slave trader. NOTE: For a related article on the Arabian coins, in the Fall-2018 FOSA Newsletter, please click Fall 2018 Newsletter. Per Sarah Sportman, Brian Jones and the author of the article spoke, and "it seems that our coin and the others were likely passed around New England by members of Every's crew."

additional articles:     April 2, 2021, Boston Globe
March 26, 2021 An article in Smithsonian about burrowing rabbits unearthing a trove of paleolithic tools and fragments of a cremation urn on Skokholm Island in Wales.
January 5, 2021 An article about halting a project in Northampton, MA due to discovery of 10,000 year-old artifacts, a situation not unlike the 12,500 year-old site found in Avon, CT (the "Brian Jones" site), which is shown below (search for "12,500"). The artifacts were found and removed by Archaeological and Historical Services Inc. of Storrs, Connecticut, a company hired by the state of Massachusetts to investigate the site prior to construction.
November 29, 2020 An article from the Norwich Bulletin: The Walk Norwich Trails are a series of historically themed walking trails designed to educate residents and visitors about the rich history of Norwich by providing people with an interactive walking self-guided trail complete with trail marker signs, interpretive signs, and self-guided brochures. Self-guided trial brochures are available at the outdoor information box at the Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors' Center located at 69 E. Town St.
November 16, 2020 An article from the Hartford Courant about recent archaeological discoveries on the grounds of the Webb-Dreane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield. "This is changing the narrative of Connecticut history," one historian said. Generations of families have visited Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum to wander through the 18th-century dwellings and learn about life in Revolutionary War-era Connecticut. But an archaeological dig at the historical site, which was completed over the summer, has flipped the script on the homesite's lineage. The dig revealed more than 100,000 artifacts, some substantial in size, some tiny. This trove of stuff fleshes out what historians knew about life all the way back to the 1630s, when English settlers first came to the place that the native Wangunk people called Pyquag. Now called Wethersfield, it has been known for decades as the state's "most ancient town."
November 11, 2020 An article from hamlethub.com about the formation of an advisory group to oversee the National Park Service's "American Battlefield Protection Program" grant obtained this year by the Ridgefield Historical Society. Among the advisory group's members is CT State Archaeologist Dr. Sarah Sportman. The impetus for this new study was the discovery a year ago in Ridgefield of skeletons that may be the remains of soldiers who fell in the battle. (Those skeletons' analysis has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, but preliminary assessments suggested young men who were hastily buried in the 18th Century.)
(various) Articles concerning the finding of the bones of what are believed to be 4 Revolutionary War soldiers who were killed in the April, 1777 Battle of Ridgefield, CT.
December 16, 2019, archaeology.com
December 16, 2019, Ridgefield's HamletHub January 3, 2020, Hartford Courant
January 4, 2020, www.military.com January 7, 2020, Ridgefield Press
January 8, 2020, Ridgefield HamletHub
January 9, 2020, livescience.com January, 2020, article in ASC Newsletter (starts at bottom page 1)
January 22, 2020, archaeology.org January 10, 2020, popularmechanics.com
January 6, 2020, archaeology.org February 17, 2020, patch.com
March 13, 2020, WSHU - National Public Radio interview March 3, 2020, myrecordjhournal.com
February 29, 2020, theday.com July 3, 2020, theridgefieldpress.com
(various) Articles describing the discovery of the oldest archaeological site (12,500 years old) in Connecticut, in Avon, CT. The site has been named in honor of the late State Archaeoligist, Dr. Brian D. Jones.
December 11, 2019, Hartford Courant December 15, 2019, dailystar.co.uk
December 28, 2019, thevintagenews.com January 26, 2020, Hartford Courant
December 28, 2019, thevintagenews.com December 13, 2019, nypost.com
(various) Articles relating to skeletons uncovered during excavations at Yale New Haven Hospital in July, 2011.
September 9, 2019, Yale News September 10, 2019, Middletown Press
  Articles relating to the passing of Dr. Brian Jones, CT State Archaeologist.
July 9, 2019, the Hartford Courant July 11, 2019 Glastonbury Citizen
October 4, 2019, the Hartford Courant
March 22, 2019 An article from the New Haven Register about upcoming excavations in France. The "Digging Into History: WWI Trench Restoration In Seicheprey, France" program recently selected 15 Connecticut high school students to travel to the small French village of Seicheprey, which was the site of the first German offensive against American troops. The students will work side by side with 15 French students to restore a section of the trenches once occupied by the Connecticut soldiers who fought in that battle.
August 5, 2019 An article from the Ridgefield Press about the Seicheprey, France (see previous item above). For information on the "Digging Into History" project mentioned in this article, please click here.
May 19, 2019 An article in the Hartford Courant about a man in East Hartford who was removing old plaster and nails in his 17th-century home when he uncovered the plaster wall and found what turned out to be a five-foot-long primitive battle scene possibly from the French and Indian War.
(various) Articles relating to a 17th century massacre in Connecticut, which has been referred to as "Connecticut's Jamestown".
March 21, 2019, Connecticut Magazine April 3, 2019, https://www.livescience.com
November 29, 2018 An article in thehour.com about archaeological work that's to be done at the site of the Walk Bridge replacement in Norwalk, which archival documents suggest might have been the site of a Native American fort hundreds of years ago.
November 23, 2017 An article in wtnh.com concerning 1,200 year-old Native American artifacts unearthed in Westbrook.
October 27, 2017 CISION article (prweb.com) concerning on upcoming excavations to occur on the campus of Lauralton Hall in Milford, CT. The college preparatory school announced a pilot program, the Science of Archaeology, featuring an archaeological dig on the School's campus. Students enrolled in the Science of Archaeology course will be excavating the site of a former Victorian greenhouse on campus. The site was chosen based on archival research and photographs provided by a 1934 aerial survey conducted by the State of Connecticut.
(various) Articles relating to shipwreck finds on beneath the Black Sea, in which a UConn Associate Professor of Archaeology (Avery Point) Kroum Batchvarov was involved. Finds included a 2000 year-old cargo ship and several 4th-5th century BC other shipwrecks.
Please Note: This work was being conducted under the auspices of the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (aka "Black Sea MAP") of the University of Southampton in the U.K. To access a web site associated with this project, please click Black Sea MAP.
September, 2017, UConn Today September 25, 2017, CT Post
July 24, 2017 Article from the University of Denver Magazine concerning the use of Ground Penetrating Radar at a CT site by a leading authority on GPR from Denver.
July 26, 2017 Article from the Hartford Courant concerning a dig at the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead and Museum in Windsor, led by Dr. Brian Jones.
(various) Articles concerning forums given by FOSA member Dr. Don Rankin concerning racism in America and mitigating it. For additional background on this talk, please click here.
March 30, 2017, New Haven Register April 4, 2017, Hartford Courant
January 16, 2017 An article in the New York Times.com concerning the role that metal detector users ("detectorists") can play in locating unsuspected archaeological sites, though with the caveat the artifacts taken out of context could render them or the site useless archaeologically.
(various) Articles in the Glastonbury Citizen by FOSA member Susan Motycka titled the "Founding Fathers of Nayaug, Part I", "...Part II", "...Part III", and "...Part IV", which include background history of John Hollister and the Lt. John Hollister Site in Glastonbury.
January 5, 2017 January 19, 2017 March 16, 2017 April 27, 2017
(various) Articles regarding GPR analyses done by Brian Jones and Debbie Surabian and others on the Maple Street Cemetery concerning allegations of sloppy work, which were responded to by the group requesting the survery and which rebutted the allegations.
March 1, 2017, NCAdvertiser.com
September 1, 2016 An article in the Glastonbury Citizen, describing both activities at and some history on the Lt. John Hollister Site in Glastonbury.
(various) Articles on a find in Windsor, signs of a cellar that had been backfilled. The Hartford Courant reports that further investigation revealed eighteenth-century artifacts as well as a few from the seventeenth century, including pottery, food waste, nails, and clay pipes at a site thought to have been the home of Captain John Mason. In 1637, Mason led English colonists, allied with Narragansetts, in the "Mystic Massacre".
August 4, 2016 - Archaeology (from AIA) August 1, 2014, 2016 - Hartford Courant
March 4, 2016 An article in the Hartford Courant describing a talk to be given by Brian Jones titled "Connecticut's Earliest European Settlers: Recent Finds from Glastonbury and Windsor."
November 25, 2015 An article in theday.com about Brian Jones, concerning his past his responsibilities as CT State Archaeologist, and his related activities, both in the field and in managing the collections which his office is responsible for.
November 19, 2015 An article in the Hartford Courant on a soapstone quarry in Peoples' State Forest in Barkhamsted, discussing what was manufactured there. Even more interesting is the fact that the quarry itself was forgotten when better materials became available, and then was subsequently rediscovered.
November 18, 2015 An article in TheDay.com on Gungywamp, which appeared on a Science Channel episode. Dr. Jones voices some opinions on it and the theories of its origin.
November 2, 2015 An article in the Hartford Courant on a "Walktober" event in Canterbury at the Captain John Clark property that was led by Nick Bellantoni.
July 24, 2015 An article in the Hartford Courant on a week-long dig in Windsor searching for remains of a 1633 trading post along the Connecticut River.
January 21, 2015 An article in the New Canaan News, discussing Brian Jones' first 6 months on the job, what the State Archaeologist does generally, and related subjects.
August 28, 2014 An article in theDay.com about the efforts of Brian Jones, and Nick Bellantoni, assisting Debbie Surabian, at the Nature and Heritage Center at Coogan Farm to use Ground Penetrating Radar to find signs of what is thought to be the home of the first European settler in Mystic.
(various) Articles on Nick Bellantoni's retirement and replacement by Dr. Brian Jones.
July 16, 2014 - Milford Mirror
June 25, 2014 A quick "Thumbs Up" from the Danbury News Times to Nick Bellantoni and his volunteer helpers on excavations at St. Platon's Church in Danbury.
(various) Articles concerning excavations going on in New Haven for a new apartment complex. Local historian Rob Greenberg felt there might be significant colonial artifacts in the apartment site which would be vulnerable to destruction. Nick Bellantoni has agreed to work with the developer, to monitor activities, recover and record any artifacts encountered.
April 28, 2014 - New Haven Register
(various) Articles describing various talks given by Nick Bellantoni on New England vampire beliefs. https://filmdaily.co/news/vampire-panic/
August 1, 2019 - Hartford Courant
August 5, 2019 - Fox News Network August 5, 2019 - micetimes.asia
August 10, 2019 - USA Today November 13, 2019 - www.zip06.com
September 19, 2019 - Connecticut Magazine October 1, 2021 - Film Daily
June 10, 2013 An article in "UConn Today" concerning the excavation of a mikveh (Jewish ritual bath) at the site of the former Chesterfield Synagogue. Per the article, A mikveh is an essential part of married life in traditionally observant Jewish households, and thr stone and wood-lined structure from Old Chesterfield may be the only mikveh excavated outside a major North American city. It is a unique find.
(various) Articles concerning analysis of a time capsule unearthed in New Haven containing Civil War and Lincoln memorabilia, as well as human bones, when the "Lincoln Oak" tree fell over during a Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012.
April 30, 2013 - West Hartford News
October 31, 2013 - New Haven Register
April 22, 2013 Article in the theday.com on a presentation given by Nick Bellantoni and Stuart S. Miller, a professor of Hebrew history and Judaic Studies at the University of Connecticut following the excavation of a mikveh, or ritual bathing house, built sometime in the early 1890s by a Jewish settlement in Chesterfield.
(various) Articles about an excavation in Danbury headed up by Nick Bellantoni, searching for the burial site of American Indian Albert Afraid of Hawk, once a part of Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, so his remains can be returned to his original home in South Dakota.
August 14, 2012 - newstimes.com
May 1, 2012 Reprint of an article from the Journal Inquirer about a dig lead by Nick Bellantoni at the Pitkin Glass Works in Manchester, CT. The reprint itself is part of the Manchester Historical Society's web site.
April 25, 2012 An article in the Danbury News Times, concerning archaeological efforts hoping to unearth artifacts associated with the Battle of Ridgefield, which occurred on April 27, 1777, one of only 2 battles which occurred in Connecticut during the Revolutionary War.
December 26, 2011 An article in theday.com, on the possibility that remains of abolitionist David Ruggles might exist in an unmarked grave in Yantic Cemetery in Norwice, CT. The article describes activities, led by State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni and involving the use of Ground Penetrating Radar, to determine the location of possible burial sites from which DNA samples might be taken.
June 10, 2011 Article in theday.com about a dig undertaken by Kevin McBride and students from the UConn Archaeological Field School launched a dig at the Denison Homestead Thursday to seek evidence of a stockade and troops preparing to fight in King Philip's War from 1675 to 1676..
(various) Articles concerning the exhumation of the wanderer known as the "Leatherman", an attempt (unsuccessful) to hopefully determine who he was. Talks that Nick Bellantoni gave on this subject are also included.
August 20, 2019 - Wilton's HamletHub August 22, 2019 - New Haven Register
March 2, 2011 - New York Times
May 16, 2011 An article in theday.com reporting on a talk Nick Bellantoni gave in Montville, about the various archaeological results uncovered in Connecticut. A mastodon's skeletal remains, tools left behind from the state's first inhabitants and graffiti from the early 18th century are just some of the finds by state archaeologist.
November 20, 2010

November 13, 2010
Two articles in greenwichtime.com concerning what happens when roads, buildings, or other construction activities unearth human remains, which can often be located within 3 feet of the surface. The earlier article contains 6 images.
October 26, 2010 An article in the Connecticut Post, accompanied by 7 photos, describing efforts -- ultimately unsuccessful -- to discover the remains of 24 soldiers (8 Colonists, 16 British) who died during a Revolutionary War battle in Ridgefield, near what is now the Casagmo condominium complex. Ground Penetrating Radar, core-sampling auger, and metal detectors were used in the search.
July 19, 2010 Article from theday.com The National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program has awarded a $19,000 grant to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center to research details of the 1636-1638 battles between colonial settlers and Pequot Indians at Fort Saybrook (Saybrook Point, Old Saybrook, CT.) The investigative team includes the Office of the Connecticut State Archaeologist.
July 6, 2010 Article from the newstimes.com: State Archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni was called in after a tribal burial ground was found in New Milford, CT, when excavation for an affordable housing complex began.
(various) Many articles have been posted as a result of Nick Bellantoni's appearance on the History Channel's MysteryQuest episode entitled "Hitler's Escape" both in conventional news media and in various web sites. The Connecticut State Archaeologist was requested by the History Channel to travel to both Germany and Moscow to study the remains which are said to be those of Adolf Hitler, although the results of his trip throw this into some doubt. The articles are listed below:
September 26, 2009 - Vos Iz Neias (Yiddish: What's News?) September 27, 2009- guardian.co.uk (United Kingdom)
December 9, 2009 - ABC News
September 29, 2009 - ABC News September 29, 2009 - BBC News (United Kingdom)
September 28, 2009 - Daily Mail (United Kingdom) September 30, 2009 - University of Connecticut
September 30, 2009 - UPI.com
December 9, 2009 - Daily Mail (United Kingdom) December 11, 2009 - CNN.com
(various) Several articles exist on the apparent location of the crash site of Lt. Eugene Bradley in what is now Bradley Field (named for him after he was killed in the 1941 crash) by Nick Bellantoni, using a Ground Penetrating Radar device. The articles are listed below:
September 15, 2009 - UPI announcement September 30, 2009 - NBC Connecticut
March 28, 2009 Article in newstimes.com about an archaeological dig in Ridgefield, CT, at a location believed to be the site of a Revolutionary War encampment.
March 2, 2009(N/A) Article from UConn Advance on the possible closing of the Museum of Natural History / Connecticut Archaeology Center and the Benton Museum of Art. NOTE: That article is no longer available. The link points to wikipedia article on the Museum and its closing.
October 10, 2008 Article in the New York Times concerning efforts to gain Pequot War battle sites listed in the National Register.
June 17, 2008 Article in the Journal Inquirer on Nick Bellantoni: 20 years of digging through the past.
February, 2004 Article in the Manchester Historical Society "Courier" on continuing archaeological activities at the former Pitkin Glass Works in Manchester CT, supervised by Nick Bellantoni and with help from FOSA and other groups.
March 4, 2001 Article in the New York Times regarding the Pachaug Rockshelter (Voluntown, CT) hoax.