Thursday, October 30, 2008

Two Things from Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club

Sunday, November 9, 2007 @ 3:00 pm:
Professional Archaeologist Marc Banks, Ph.D. will present a slide-illustrated lecture on:
“An Inland Fishing Camp in the Farmington Valley: Excavation of the Indian Hill Site (11-2), Bloomfield , CT ”

Dr. Banks will discuss the importance of fish to Native Americans in southern New England. Important fishing sites within the region and various fishing methods will be reviewed. The Indian Hill site is situated adjacent to a fall line in the Farmington River and provided indigenous groups an opportunity to exploit large quantities of anadromous fish each spring. The focus of the excavation was a Late Archaic occupation radiocarbon dated to 5000 years ago.

Future presentations at the LHSC:
(my photo)
December 14: A rare lecture by Primitive Technologist Jeff Kalin, who will give a slide-illustrated presentation on “Talking Flakes”, and what they can reveal about Native American communities.
The Litchfield Hills Archaeology Club meets every second Sunday of the month at 3:00pm in the Research Building of the Institute for American Indian Studies, 38 Curtis Road, Washington, CT when they are not at their summer dig. For information or directions call (860) 868-0518 or visit the Institute's web site at

The public is welcome. For nonmembers there is a $5 fee per lecture.

Oldest Pottery in the New England
For those of you who have not been digging with us this summer, the Litchfield HIlls Archaeology Club unearthed a goodly number of artifacts from the Hopkins site overlooking Lake Waramaug this season.
Besides the dentate stamped and rocker dentate stamped pottery, we also have Vinette Interior Cordmarked -- the oldest pottery in the New England (ca. 3800-1700 years old), Orient, broad spear, narrow stemmed, and a Brewerton notched point. These point types date from c. 5000-1500 years ago. Plus we recovered a number of other tool types, utilized flakes, and the ubiquitous flakes and shatter of stone tool making. Primitive Technologist Jeff Kalin will be telling us what we can learn from them at our December meeting!

Sent: Monday, October 27, 2008 8:32 PM
Subject: Pictures from10-26-08
"HI. Just sending pics of the pottery found on Sunday. First two pics are front and back of the same pieces as are pics 3 & 4. It was great to discover the design on this piece. I believe Luci called it somethjng like Rocker Dentate. Please correct me if I am wrong."

That's really more than just two things, isn't it?

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