Fall 2014 Archaeology Fair

The 2014 Archaeology Fair was held at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. The Fair was organized by Sarah Croucher, professor at Wesleyan and co-sponsored by Friends of the Office of the State Archaeologist (FOSA) and the Archaeological Society of Connecticut (ASC). There were many tables set up by organizations in Connecticut and several talks during the day. Turn-out was great!
Please see below for more information.

Wesleyan University
Exley Science Center
265 Church St. Middletown, CT
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Held in conjunction with the Connecticut Archaeology Fair, October 18, open 10 am to 4 pm
No registration required: Free with a suggested $5 donation for 18 and over.
Visit the Fair!
Explore and learn about many of the archaeological investigations going on around the state. Local archaeological societies, historical societies, and universities will have displays highlighting past and current excavations and research. View and touch real artifacts! Have questions about archaeology? There will be archaeologists there to provide answers. Whether you just have a passing interest in archaeology or you want to find out how to become more involved, there will be something for everyone.
11:00  A Snook Kill Phase Site in Marshfield, Massachusetts
Brian D. Jones, Connecticut State Archaeologist, and Brianna Rae Archaeological and Historical Services Inc. recently excavated a rich Snook Kill phase site in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Dated features and diagnostic tools from the site indicate an age of 3500 years ago. Artifacts were recovered beneath a horizon of peat that had formed over the past
1500 years in this near-coastal setting. The strikingly pristine site documents a complete artifact production, use and discard sequence, from the reduction of rhyolite cobbles into carefully prepared cores, and large flake blanks into tools.
Bifacial implements include numerous Snook Kill points, asymmetrical knives, and over a dozen awls. Refitting between tool fragments indicates two contemporaneous areas of activity. The organization of the site and spent tool kit suggest that a very focused episode of construction occurred here, possibly related to bark canoe manufacture.
Brian Jones became Connecticut’s State Archaeologist this July. Brian has worked as an archaeologist since 1992 for AHS/PAST Inc, The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, and Archaeological Services at UMass Amherst. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology at UConn in 1998. Brian has a broad background in New England archaeology that spans the Paleoindian period through the industrial era.
Brianna Rae works as a professional archaeologist with Archaeological and Historical Services,Inc. She served as a crew member during the 2013 excavation of the Snook Kill phase site in Marshfield, MA. Since then, she has completed the inventory of the site and assisted with artifact refitting and mapping. Ms. Rae plans to incorporate further analysis of the Marshfield site into future graduate studies.
12:00  Above-ground Archaeology at Mt. Lebanon Shaker Village
Ernest Wiegand, Norwalk Community College
The Shakers at Mt. Lebanon, in New Lebanon, N.Y., lived in a group of villages where they practiced the tenets of their faith: celibacy, communal living and the confession of sins.
This talk will focus on the study of the North Family Brethrens’ Workshop. Here, detailed documentation of the structure and the recovery of artifacts within the building prior to its stabilization and repair revealed many aspects of Shaker history and lifeways: their social and economic organization, their ingenuity in both agriculture and industry and the growth of the Shaker movement and its gradual decline as the membership decreased in the later 19th and early 20th
Ernie Wiegand has taught at Norwalk Community College since 1975 and has been coordinator of the Archaeology as an Avocation certificate program since 1990. In addition to teaching, he has worked in CRM projects for over 30 years.
1:00  The Battle of Mistick Fort: June 25-26, 1637
Kevin McBride, University of Connecticut Director of Research, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
Conflict archaeology can offer a unique perspective into the nature and evolution of warfare in Native American and Euro-American societies in colonial contexts and how these societies shaped warfare and were in turn shaped by them. The “Battlefields of the Pequot War” project, funded by the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program, seeks to move beyond documentation of the battle-related objects associated with Pequot War battlefields and place the conflict in a broader cultural and historical context. The archaeology associated with the Battle of Mistick Fort provides a useful framework for understanding the nature and evolution of Pequot military, political, and social institutions in the early seventeenth century. The day-long battle between the Pequot and Connecticut colonists and their Mohegan, Wangunk, and Narragansett allieswas the most intensive battle of the Pequot War and effectively ended Pequot resistance.
Kevin McBride is Director of Research for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut.
2:00  Warren Perry, Central Connecticut State University
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Dr. WarrenR. Perry is a Professor at CCSU and the director of the University’s Archaeology  Laboratory for African & African Diaspora Studies (ALAADS)