Archaeology Day

Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Did you ever wish you could be an archaeologist? Or, did you ever wonder what it’s like to be one? Indulge your inner Indiana Jones with a day full of Archaeological fun for all ages! There will be lectures, demonstrations and interactive experiences throughout the library. The speakers are local experts who know that history is everywhere (right beneath us, actually.) Join us to learn more about our local history, and find out how we can get involved. Find more information about Archaeology Day

10 – 11 am: Vance Tiede; Westport’s Native American Artifacts, the Bradley-Punzelt Collection
11 am – 1 pm: Mock Archaeological Dig led by Scott Brady of FOSA
11 am – 1 pm: Prehistoric Tools Demonstration by Jeff Kalin
1 – 2 pm: Nick Bellantoni; Vampires, Bones and Forensic Archaeology
2 – 3 pm: Ken Feder discusses his new book Ancient America: Fifty Archaeological Sites to See for Yourself
3 – 4 PM: Kevin McBride; Ethnohistory and Archaeology of New England

Speaker Bios (In Order of Appearance):
Vance Tiede, a former teacher and Westport resident, is now an archaeologist specializing in GIS/Remote Sensing applications for determining astronomical orientation of ancient monumental architecture, worldwide. He has conducted field surveys in China, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico, United Kingdom and United States. He is a graduate of Yale University (Archaeological Studies, MA 2001), College of William & Mary (Government, MA 1973) and The Johns Hopkins University (History, BA, 1969).

Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, Inc. (FOSA) is a volunteer non-profit organization formed in 1997. FOSA's mission is to enhance OSA efforts and help meet the numerous state-mandated responsibilities of the Office and to enable the office to provide additional services to the state's towns, students and other citizens.

Jeffrey Victor Kalin, Primitive Technologies, Inc's Founding Director, has 25 years experience in his field. He has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles, and has been guest speaker at many historical societies, museums and universities. Mr. Kalin is a consultant to museum curators and archaeologists in the analysis of artifacts. He is a recognized expert in Clovis point replication and other types of stone tools. He has constructed prehistoric sets and props for filmmakers. His wood-fired replica pottery, hand-built from river clay, is in private and public collections. Skilled in all aspects of native American indigenous arts, Mr. Kalin has taught those skills to others, including hands-on workshops for all ages of children and adults.

Dr. Nicholas F. Bellantoni serves as the emeritus state archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center at the University of Connecticut. He received his doctorate in anthropology from UConn in 1987 and was shortly thereafter appointed state archaeologist. He serves as an Adjunct Associate Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at UConn, and is currently President of the Archaeological Society of Connecticut and former President of the National Association of State Archeologists.


Ken Feder is a full professor at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. His primary research interests include the archaeology of the native peoples of New England and the analysis of public perceptions about the human past. He is the author of several books including: Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology; The Past in Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory; and Ancient America: Fifty Archaeological Sites to See For Yourself (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017). He has been interviewed on numerous television documentaries about the human past.

UCONN Anthropology Department faculty member Dr. Kevin McBride is an archaeologist specializing in the Native American history of Connecticut. He is also the director of research at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum. His work on the Pequot War of 1637 and his views on archaeologists’ use of metal detectors, a device commonly used by looters in illegal excavations, are featured in a recent New York Times article entitled “Archaeologists and Metal Detectorists Find Common Ground.” McBride focuses his research on public archaeology, ethnohistory and the archaeology of New England.

Do you want to help your kids get psyched for Archaelogy Day?

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Mysterious Book Society discusses
City of Ember, by Jeanne Duprau- Grades 4-6 >>

Throughout Library
All ages

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