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Archaeology Day 2018
(Information about 2019 Dates Coming Soon!)
In August 2018, volunteers joined Connecticut State Archaeologist Dr. Brian Jones and members of the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (FOSA) at an authentic archaeological dig. They helped to excavate one of the earliest settlements in Glastonbury. This was the same site excavated at our 2016 Archaeology Day. Dr. Jones has been working on this site since the last dig and stated that this is “arguably the state’s most important settler-colonial period site.” Artifacts excavated at the site date back to Glastonbury's founding in the 1640s.
This site has a rich archaeological and documentary record. Cellar holes provide excellent artifact preservation. Get a glimpse of what early people in Glastonbury ate and the objects they used in daily life. There is also clear evidence of cooperation with local Native people. In fact, the focus this year will be on one of three possible wigwam features.