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Learn how to prepare and do a real archaeological dig

 Archaeology Day
Monday and Tuesday, August 13th and 14th 2018
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

On Monday and Tuesday, August 13th and 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the Historical Society of Glastonbury invites anyone twelve years or older to join Connecticut State Archaeologist Dr. Brian Jones and members of the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (FOSA) at an authentic archaeological dig.

Join the professionals as they excavate the site of an original ca. 1693 house which is said to be the first home built in town after the establishment of Glastonbury. Historical records indicate that this frontier house was once protected by a palisade, which is quite a rare occurance in Glastonbury. The house was replaced by the current structure in 1850. The HSG excavation will examine areas around the house to identify evidence of life during the time of Benjamin Talcott and his family. Ground penetrating radar will also be demonstrated as we attempt to locate the palisade.

As a guest archaeologist you’ll learn the early history and geology of Glastonbury, basic techniques of identifying and preparing a dig site, and the general procedures of excavation. The majority of your day will involve partaking in an authentic archaeological dig. You will excavate in prepared grids, locating, sifting, identifying and cataloging your finds. Check one off your “bucket list” and become an active participant as history comes alive under your fingertips!

Space is limited and reservations are required. Student cost is $10, all others $20. Bring snacks, lunch, plenty to drink and be sure to wear closed shoes.

To register contact Diane Hoover at or call 860-633-6890.

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