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Dr. Nicholas F. Bellantoni is emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist and an associate research professor in the Department of Anthropology in the University of Connecticut. He served as the state archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Connecticut. He earned his BA in Anthropology at the Central Connecticut State University and his MA in Anthropology at University of Connecticut. He received his doctorate in Anthropology from UConn in 1987 and was shortly thereafter appointed state archaeologist. He retired from that position in 2014, being replaced by Dr. Brian D. Jones.