Admission: $12-general public; $10-members (ASC, FOSA or Barkhamsted Historical Society); $5 students, includes lunch and transportation to the Lighthouse site.
9:30–10:00 Registration, coffee and doughnuts.
10:00–10:30 Ragged Mountain Revisited: CCSU’s 2011 Archaeological Field Season at the Quarry Shelter of Barkhamsted, CT
Ms. Rand will be discussing Central Connecticut State University’s 2011 archaeological field school at the Ragged Mountain Quarry/ Shelter in Barkhamsted, Connecticut under the direction of Kenneth Feder, PhD. Professor of Anthropology.
Ragged Mountain is one of many soapstone quarries located in the northwestern portion of the state used by the prehistoric Native American people of the Terminal Archaic, to manufacture steatite (soapstone vessels). This site was dug previously during the first half of the twentieth century by mineral collectors and Native American artifact collectors. In the late 1940s the late William Fowler along with the late Dr. Irving Rouse directed the dig at the rock shelter, unearthing several artifacts, including steatite bowl fragments and various types of projectile points and ceramic vessels.
Decades later, during the late 1990s Ms Rand along with the late Walter Landgraf, discovered two other loci of soapstone quarrying.
Ms. Rand will discuss the latest finds from the 2011 field school and how it relates to the previous artifactual finds from
Fowler’s dig and also how the site relates to other quarry sites located in the northwestern portion of the state.
10:30-11:00 The Road to Danbury Quarter (and Back)
Janet Woodruff. CCSU
Isaac Jacklin and Mercy Chaugham Jacklin left their home at the Lighthouse in 1796 and after several years in western Connecticut and Dutchess County, New York, made their permanent home in the Danbury Quarter section of Winchester, Connecticut, as the first wave of white residents moved out and the new wave of African American landowners moved in.
Subsequent generations of the Jacklin family and other Danbury Quarter residents created and maintained social, economic, and familial relationships with the Lighthouse and other multiethnic/multicultural communities in the area.
11:00-11:30 The Interdisciplinary Study of New York City’s African Burial Ground: Archaeology as Community Service
Warren Perry, CCSU
This presentation will discuss the political activism of New York’s African American community and their allies for the preservation of the eighteenth-century African Burial Ground. Grassroots organizational efforts involved a broad
cross-section of the community, including people from varied social backgrounds, fields of expertise, access to political power, and political leanings. The collaboration between scholars and community determined the focus of the academic