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 Archaeology Day

Friday, July 17h 2015

at the Welles Shipman Ward House

972 Main St. (Rte. 17) in South Glastonbury


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When it Comes to History, One Person’s Trash is Another’s Treasure


Valuable historical information can be gathered by exploring the swill (or rubbish as we call it today) of our founding colonial ancestors.  On Friday, July 17th from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., the Historical Society of Glastonbury invites all persons of the ages twelve and up, to join CT State Archaeologist Brian Jones & Friends of the Office of the Connecticut State Archaeologist at an authentic archaeological dig. 

Thousands of years ago, Native Americans spent their summers camped along the “Great River” (or the Connecticut River as we know it) fishing, farming, and gathering wild fruits. We will work in South Glastonbury near the Connecticut River at the site of one of these former Native American summer camps.  As a guest archaeologist you’ll work with and learn from Connecticut State Archaeologist Brian Jones.  You’ll work with him and his team as they demonstrate the basic techniques for identifying and preparing a dig site, conducting an actual dig, sifting through your finds and examining and cataloging your finds.  Artifacts you may come across could include remnants of meat they ate, implements they made and used, items received in trade from European settlers… just to name a few items.  This is not staged.  The items you may (or may not) find will be authentic artifacts from the people who lived in the home throughout the years.

Space is limited and reservations are required.  Students are $10, others $15.  Bring snacks and a lunch and be sure to wear closed shoes.

Phone 860-633-6890 for reservations and visit www.hsgct.org for more information.

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