UPCOMING EVENTS

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 or other FOSA members in the list below.
To get an idea of what these are like, please access our YouTube Videos page.


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FOSA members who have expressed an interest in field work will be notified of particulars as the date approaches.

> If you are a FOSA member and might nevertheless like to contribute in the work, please contact Scott at fosa.ct@gmail.com.
> If you are not a FOSA member, to participate you must first join FOSA. To do so, please access the 'Join Us' page by clicking here. Normal cost for joining is $25.
> For those new to field work, please be aware that there may be limited time available for instructional purposes.
>If you cannot excavate, we have a need for individuals who can assist with screening, unit paperwork, photography, drawing, etc. Let us know what you would be interested in.


FOSA members who have an interest in helping out at the FOSA Outreach Table
can locate events where the Table will be set up at. If you would like to help out at one of these events and haven't been contacted by the FOSA Outreach Coordinator, you can get the particulars by sending an email to fosaoutreach@gmail.com.

NOTE: If a Town is mentioned in any of the activities below (especially excavations) and you're not sure where it's located, please click Find A Town to get a general location in the state.

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• UPCOMING OSA INTERNET RADIO SHOW

When: Tuesday June 7, 2022, broadcast begins 5:00 PM
Topic: TBD
• To access recordings of past shows, and to see the content of the upcoming one, please click iCRV CT Arch Shows.


• Lucianne Lavin Discusses "Dutch-Native American Relationships in Eastern New Netherland (That's Connecticut, Folks!)"

When: Tuesday, May 17, at 6:00PM
What: Connecticut's first documented European explorers AND settlers were the Dutch. The aim of this presentation is to introduce the audience to their significant impacts on our history, including the continuing strong Dutch presence in western Connecticut, Dutch relationships with local Indigenous communities, and the noteworthy, often long-term effects of those relationships on our state and regional histories. The Dutch deserve a more prominent position in future Connecticut history books and museum exhibits.
Note: Zoom Presentation. Pre-registration is required. To register, as well as for additional information. please click here.
Cost: $5.00 for CT River Museum members, $10.00 for non-members.


• FIELD EXCAVATION: Cheshire - May 19-20 TENTATIVE.
FOSA members who have expressed an interest in field work have been notified of particulars.
> If you are a FOSA member and might nevertheless like to contribute in the work, please contact Scott at fosa.ct@gmail.com.
> If you are not a FOSA member, in order to participate you must first join FOSA. To do so, please access the 'Join Us' page by clicking here. Normal cost for joining is $25.
> If you cannot excavate, we have a need for individuals who can assist with screening, unit paperwork, photography, drawing, etc. Let us know what you would be interested in.
For those new to field work, please be aware that there will be limited time available for instructional purposes.

• Gary Nolf Atlatl Demonstration and Discussion

When: Sunday, May 22, 2022 TIME: 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Welles Shipman Ward House, 972 Main Street, South Glastonbury, CT
What: Longtime Westbrook resident Gary Nolf is much like a modern day Indiana Jones. After developing an interest in archaeology through his grandfather and two cousins, Gary has established quite an extensive collection of local Native American artifacts, most of which date back thousands of years. An atlatl is a spear-throwing tool that is used to achieve a greater velocity. Gary has won a number of atlatl championships and has even landed a cameo on the David Letterman show demonstrating how it's done. To see Gary's Letterman appearance, click here and click the image at 17.
Note: Free and open to the public.


• Nick Bellantoni Speaking Engagement: "Food History: An Archaeological Perspective"

When: Tuesday, June 7, 7:00PM
Where: Darien Public Library, 141 Post Road, Darien, CT, in the Common Room
What: Details TBD
Note:Pre-registration is required. For information, please contact the Darien Public Library, at 203-665-1234 and ask for Amanda DeMaio.


• Artifact Identification Day"

When: Saturday June 25, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where: Avon Senior Center, 635 West Avon Road, Avon, CT
What: Bring your artifacts for identification! Free event, open to the public. Presented by staff and volunteers of the Institute of American Indian Studies, Washington, CT. Paul Wegner, Co-Director; Craig Nelson, Member and Secretary of the Board of Trustees; Nancy Najarian, Collections Volunteer. The Institute will have selected items, from various time periods, on display for viewing. The Institute will have selected items, from various time periods, on display for viewing. Details: Institute staff and volunteers will examine and identify objects in 15-min time slots. No appraisals will be made. Limit 12 items per person no large collections please. Artifacts should be archaeological materials from New England or North America, preferably the East Coast: ceramics, stones, arrowheads, beaded items, clothing, etc.
Registration is required. Click here to register and for additional information.


• FIELD EXCAVATION: Washington - June 27 - July 1 - 9:00 - 3:30.
FOSA members who have expressed an interest in field work have been notified of particulars.
> If you are a FOSA member and might nevertheless like to contribute in the work, please contact Scott at fosa.ct@gmail.com.
> If you are not a FOSA member, in order to participate you must first join FOSA. To do so, please access the 'Join Us' page by clicking here. Normal cost for joining is $25.
> If you cannot excavate, we have a need for individuals who can assist with screening, unit paperwork, photography, drawing, etc. Let us know what you would be interested in.
For those new to field work, please be aware that there will be limited time available for instructional purposes.


• FIELD EXCAVATION: South Glastonbury - July 18 - August 12 - 9:00 - 3:30.
FOSA members who have expressed an interest in field work have been notified of particulars.
> If you are a FOSA member and might nevertheless like to contribute in the work, please contact Scott at fosa.ct@gmail.com.
> If you are not a FOSA member, in order to participate you must first join FOSA. To do so, please access the 'Join Us' page by clicking here. Normal cost for joining is $25.
> If you cannot excavate, we have a need for individuals who can assist with screening, unit paperwork, photography, drawing, etc. Let us know what you would be interested in.
For those new to field work, please be aware that there will be limited time available for instructional purposes.


• FIELD EXCAVATION: East Lyme - August 13 - 9:00 - 3:30.
FOSA members who have expressed an interest in field work have been notified of particulars.
> If you are a FOSA member and might nevertheless like to contribute in the work, please contact Scott at fosa.ct@gmail.com.
> If you are not a FOSA member, in order to participate you must first join FOSA. To do so, please access the 'Join Us' page by clicking here. Normal cost for joining is $25.
> If you cannot excavate, we have a need for individuals who can assist with screening, unit paperwork, photography, drawing, etc. Let us know what you would be interested in.
For those new to field work, please be aware that there will be limited time available for instructional purposes.

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• OSA-FOSA WEBINARS

Please click OSA-FOSA Webinars for detailed information on each webinar and how to register.



• TRINITY COLLEGE / ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE of AMERICA LECTURES
What: Four times per year, Trinity's Classical Studies Department hosts events of the Archaeological Institute of America Hartford Society.
When: Click here for the current AIA events scheduled, registration information and videos of past AIA lectures.
Venue: These are virtual (ZOOM) sessions, which are free and open to the public.
And: Clicking All Lectures will give access to all public lectures held at Trinity including, those of the AIA.
For Questons: Contact Wendi Delaney at: wendi.delaney@trincoll.edu.




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From time to time we receive notification of virtual archaeology-oriented lectures being offered by various groups, in addition to those mentioned elsewhere for iCRV lectures. As we receive these we'll post them in Selected YouTube Videos (Webinars) section.




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"Smithsonian Channel: 'America's Hidden Stories' Explores Vampire Exhumations of the Past with Dr. Nick Bellantoni"
When: repeated at various times. Check your local listings!
Where: Smithsonian Channel
What: From the American Revolution to the end of the 1800s, a mysterious ritual spread across New England...and beyond. Graves were broken into, the organs of the dead were burned and turned into horrifying forms of medicine. The reason why: to ward off vampires. Over time, stories of these exhumations vanished into rumor and legend, but new evidence has brought these ghoulish practices back to into focus. So, were 19th century farmers really fighting vampire? Or were they facing off against a predatory phantom that was even deadlier?

"History Channel: MysteryQuest: Hitler's Escape with Dr. Nick Bellantoni"
When: repeated at various times. 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!

• "Travel Channel: Mysteries At the Museum on Griswold Vampire Case
When: repeated at various times. Check your local listings!
Where: Travel Channel
What: The "Griswold Vampire Case" began with the uncovering of 29 graves in an abandoned cemetery set in a now-eroding rock pit. In one of the graves the bones had been rearranged, following an exhumation of the deceased. Looking into this more deeply, Nick became involved in vampire legends which existed in eastern Connecticut and western Rhode Island, especially in the late-18th to late 19th centuries. It turned out that these kinds of exhumations and bone-rearrangings were an attempt by people whose families were being devastated by tuberculosis, who trying to save their families using beliefs and methods originating from eastern Europe.
For additional information: Do a Google search on "vampires" to find items on this within this web site, including a video of a talk given by Nick at Quinnipiac University in 2013 and a book, Food For the Dead, in which additional background information is provided.

"Science Channel: Secrets of the Underground: "Secret History of the New World"
When: available after original airing on Science Channel, at https://www.sciencechannelgo.com/
Where: Science Channel
What: Dr. Jones will be appearing in the Science channel show "Secrets of the Underground" premiering March 28 at 10:00 PM. The episode is entitled "Secret History of the New World." Dr. Jones will be providing context on the Gungywamp ruins in Groton.

"various (PBS, Science Channel): "Secrets of the Dead: "Jamestown's Dark Winter"
What: A program discussing the 1609 winter at Jamestown, and the suffering and cannibalism that occurred there; Dr. Robert Owsley (ref. 2015 Annual Meeting) is featured in the episode. The episode is also available on Amazon as a video; see "Jamestown's Dark Winter".


OTHER GROUPS' UPCOMING EVENTS


Archaeological Society of Connecticut

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

Historical Society of Glastonbury

Institute for American Indian Studies

Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club

Madison Historical Society

Museum of Connecticut Glass

Scranton Memorial Library