Fall 2011 Archaeology Conference

Barkhamsted Historical Society (Squires Tavern)
The Lighthouse Site

Squires Tavern (Barkhamsted Historical Society)
100 East River Road
Pleasant Valley, CT
Saturday, October 15, 2011
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
Andrea Rand
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
research and raised the community’s awareness of their power to direct the interpretation of their Ancestors’ lives.
During the project, the scientific team involved the community through the Office of Public Education and Interpretation; now, since the conclusion and reburial of the four-hundred-plus Ancestors, the African Burial Ground site has been designated a National Monument and Interpretive Center, which attracts millions of visitors from throughout the world.
11:30-12:00  The Lighthouse: A Connecticut State Archaeological Preserve
Kenny Feder, CCSU.
In 2009, the Lighthouse site was designated the 27th Connecticut State Archaeological Preserve. That designation provided funding for a 24-page booklet about the site. This, in turn, led to an offer by the Farmington River Coordinating Committee to the Barkhamsted Historical Society for funding of the design, fabrication, and installation of signage at the
site. The generous offer of support was accepted and you will today see the results of that support. The excavation and preservation of archaeological sites depend absolutely on the cultivation of public appreciation of the significance of those places where the past continues to reside in the present. As archaeologists, our job is to investigate such places.
As archaeologists, it also is our responsibility—through Preserve designation,publications aimed at non-archaeologists, the installation of signage, and the production of museum exhibits—to make the results of those investigations accessible to the public.
12:00-1:00  Lunch:
Sandwiches will be provided for lunch or you can bring your own.
1:00  Field Trip:
A bus will take us from the tavern up to the Lighthouse site (about 2 miles up East River Road). Ken Feder will give a tour of the site and we’ll get to see the new signs erected across the site, made possible by a grant from the Farmington
River Coordinating Committee.
The bus will return us to the tavern to enjoy wine and cheese.
The Barkhamsted Historical Society sponsored the publication of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse booklet to accompany the site’s designation as a Connecticut Archaeological Preserve. They give a copy of the book for free to people who make a $12 donation to the society.
Alternatively, the BHS will provide the booklet to attendees for a $6 donation to the BHS, if those attendees also renew their membership in the ASC.