1. Video taken of State Archeologist Nick Bellantoni while giving a
tour of Valley Falls State Park in Vernon CT, the site of a long-abandoned group of mills, describing both the
mill complex as it can now be discerned as well as other features of the Park. The hike was one of the
2012 Archaeology Awareness Month activities.
2. State Archeologist Nick Bellantoni led a walk on Columbus Day to the Wolf Den at Masomoquet State Park. He also took us to the Indian chair, and told of the legends and history of the area. Video was posted on October 19, 2010.
3. Nicholas F. Bellantoni, Ph.D. Connecticut State Archaeologist, talks about the Archaeology field class at the University of Connecticut on Janaury 19, 2007. Video was posted by the Norwich Bulletin.
4. An interview of Nick Bellantoni, on September 2, 2018, by Phil Kearney of internet radio station iCRV. The subject: "The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry 'Opukaha'ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk" Compare with items 24 and 24a below.
5. Video taken of State Archeologist Nick Bellantoni while giving a talk on New England Vampire Beliefs at Quinnipiac University in March, 2013. Compare with the later version given by Nick in October, 2019, at item 23 below.
6. A short video, taken at the CT Archaeology Center, where Nick Bellantoni discusses the History Channel's "Hitler's Escape" episode.
7. An interview of Nick Bellantoni where he discusses his life, how he got into archaeology, what his duties entail, and interesting sites he's worked on.
8. A video in 5 parts, from the Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club, of Nick Bellantoni's efforts on behalf of the family of Lakota Sioux Albert Afraid of Hawk, to locate, exhume, and repatriate his remains to South Dakota for reburial per Native American rites.
9. An interview of Nick Bellantoni where he discusses his life and his work with Ann Nyberg of WTNH channel 8.
10. A half-hour video of FOSA members Gary Nolf and Don Rankin on an episode of Branford Public Television's "Classroom Connections" show. Their subjects include the geology of Connecticut and how it impacted Native Americans living there, the activities and methods of the area's hunters and gatherers, and a discussion of the Pequot War.
11. CT State Archaeologist Brian Jones sits down with Jan Doyle on an episode of Branford Public Television's "Classroom Connections" show, to discuss the history of Connecticut and Indian artifacts found during his various site excavations.
12 Ryan Gill demonstrates proper technique when throwing an atlatl.
13. A video taken of the abandoned Nike Missile site in Portland CT, where FOSA tours are periodically given. The site is steadily being reclaimed by nature.
14. Description of Polynomial Texture Mapping and its use in analyzing the Antikythera Mechanism.
15. Watch as a 17th-century ivory sundial compass is scanned using a 3D scanner and then reproduced using a 3D printer. Finally, the reconstructed object finds its way into the visitor's hands during the archaeological tours of James Fort.
16. The skull of a young female unearthed in Jamestown pit was rebuilt using 3D scanning and printing. The skull had been extensively damaged, with a number of pieces missing. However, with the use of 3D scanning of the parts available, followed by use of "mirroring" software to reconstruct many of the missing pieces, 2 skulls we 3D printed, one of which was used as a base onto which clay was added to rebuild what the young woman looked like while alive.
16a. This is another Jamestown "Jane" site, which contains a more complete description of the forensics involved ... including portions by Dr. Douglas Owsley, who was our featured speaker at the 2015 Annual Meeting. An embedded video in included in this link.
17. In January, 2010, Gary Nolf of FOSA made an appearance on the David Letterman show. At the time, Gary was the 2-time World Atlatl Association champion; and Gary demonstrates his throwing technique for Letterman.
18. This is an audio-only podcast by CT State Historian Walter Woodward, made on the last day of the dig at the John Hollister site in Wethersfield, in August, 2016. It provides a first hand account of what they're finding at this amazing site, and what it means for understanding our early history. Hear from State archeologist Brian Jones, Lori Kissel, Scott Brady (shown in photo), Glenda Rose, Dick Hughes, Fiona Jones, Mandy Ranslow and others about their epic archeological adventure. For photos associated with this podcast, please click photos.
19. FOSA member Dr. Don Rankin sits down with Jan Doyle on an episode of Branford Public Television's "Classroom Connections" show, to discuss Don's ancestor, Rev. John Rankin, the Underground Railroad, and Rev. Rankin's association with the anti-slavery movement. Rev. Rankin's home was one of the first stopping points of the Railroad. For related material on this web site, please click
20. LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) imagery of the wrecked Klondike steamboat Evelyn.The imagery includes both external and internal views of the steamboat, using LIDAR imagery set up outside and, later, inside the ghostly wreck. Reference also this article article from "Northwest Coast Archaeology" which goes into more detail into the wrecks and also touches on 3-D sonar scans which were also taken of a number of vessels there.
21. The Office of State Archaeology's has its own Facebook page; and within it there are a number of short videos on various subjects that viewers should find very interesting.
22. A TEDx talk by Brian Jones concerning the use of Ground Penetrating Radar in unearthing 17th century artifacts in recent excavation work at the Mason and Hollister sites. (Talk lasts about 13 minutes.)
23. This is a talk given by former CT State Archaeologist in October, 2019, on "Vampire Folk Belief: The Archaeological Evidence". Compare this talk with the one recorded by Nick in March, 2013, at Quinnipiac University, at item 5 above.
24. This is an audio-only podcast by CT State Historian Walter Woodward, with former CT State Archaeologist Nicholas F. Bellantoni, concerning a book he wrote in 2018 on the repatriation of the remains of 2 young men, Henry Opukaha'ia, a native of Hawaii, who died in Cornwall, CT in 1818. Albert Afraid of Hawk, a Lakota Sioux native who died in Danbury in 1900. Nick was involved in both of these efforts. This interview concerns the story of the remains of Henry Opukaha'ia . There are a number of other articles on him in this website, which can be found by using the Google Search and clicking the "FOSA" option.
24a. This is an audio-only podcast by CT State Historian Walter Woodward, with former CT State Archaeologist Nicholas F. Bellantoni, concerning a book he wrote in 2018 on the repatriation of the remains of 2 young men, Henry Opukaha'ia, a native of Hawaii, who died in Cornwall, CT in 1818. Albert Afraid of Hawk, a Lakota Sioux native who died in Danbury in 1900. Nick was involved in both of these efforts. This interview concerns the story of the remains of Albert Afraid of Hawk. There are a number of other articles on him in this website, which can be found by using the Google Search and clicking the "FOSA" option.
25. There are more than 800 miles of Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails in Connecticut, and this is an audio show by CPTV from one of them. Hiking those trails, you can pass an old Tory hideout from the American revolution and, not terribly far away, the sprawling home owned by Mike Tyson and 50 Cent. There are things out in the woods that might surprise you, and one of the guys walking down the trail to visit us today is our state archeologist, who's still uncovering the mysteries of Connecticut distant past. But we're also going to talk about the ecosystem of the trails and woods and about their newest unwelcome visitor, the emerald ash borer. We also hope to provides lots of good hiking tips and a few warnings about what to watch out for. So put on some [smack] bug spray and join us out in the woods. (CT State Archaeologist Dr. Nick Bellantoni included in this.)
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 this section.
26. In June, 2020 the New Canaan Library hosted 3 webinars under the heading of "Exploring Connecticut Archaeology." Recordings of the first and third these were successfully made and posted to YouTube; for the second an audio recording is being used as a substitute.
27. In Fall, 2020, ASC began recording a series of lectures which were made available for online viewing. Clicking the icon will bring you to the currently-available recordings.
The initial schedule for the 2021 lectures can be accessed by clicking here.
28. Construction activities working to lower the dirt grade under a house basement dating to 1790 uncovered human skeletal remains in Ridgefield, CT. Local police reported the discovery to the Office of the Chief State's Medical Examiner, whose forensic team identified the remains as being historic and not part of a modern criminal investigation. In turn, in compliance with state statutes, the state archaeologist was notified to assume the enquiry. Subsequent excavations yielded four skeletons of young, robust adult males, all of which were hastily buried together in a common shallow grave where the bodies are commingled with overlapping arms and legs. The discovered burials are located in the area of the Revolutionary War Battle of Ridgefield (April 27, 1777). Our working hypothesis is that the burials found under the basement were victims of this historic Revolutionary War battle. Material culture recovered from two individuals includes 37 brass and two pewter buttons. This presentation will discuss the history, discovery and excavation of the burials and update on the forensic analysis currently underway.
29. A virtual series of lectures, sponsored by a grant from Farmington Bank Community Foundation and presented by the Avon Public Library, will cover the archaeology, geology, and anthropology of life along the Farmington River, including the Brian D. Jones Paleo-Indian discovery in Avon.
To see a listing of the scheduled lectures, as well as to register for one if you wish to "attend" when it's aired, please click
Events are free to attend. Webinars will be recorded and posted to the Avon Library’s YouTube Channel. (We'll provide direct access to the webinars once we have each one's YouTube address.)
100. What secrets about the past can an ancient tomb reveal? The answers, as State Archaeologist emeritus Nick Bellantoni explains, are many, surprising, and incredibly interesting. In this conversation about Nick's new book, And So the Tomb Remained: Exploring Archaeology and Forensic Science in Connecticut's Historical Family Mausolea, State Historian Walt Woodward and Bellantoni, who in his 30 plus years as state archaeologist entered more tombs that any other archeologist, talk about Nick's experiences doing restoration, recovery work, and crimonal investigations in the tombs of some of Connecticut's oldest and most powerful families.