ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF CONNECTICUT
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.