Thursday, May 28, 2015

Five Things Everyone Should Know About the Native American Archaeology of Connecticut

Published on May 21, 2015
According to Dr. Jones, “Ninety-seven percent of the history of Connecticut occurred prior to the arrival of Europeans, yet this period is only cursorily covered in the state’s secondary school curriculum. In fact, Connecticut provides an important laboratory for the global study of human adaptation to changing social and natural environments.”

Five key topics stand out that according to Dr. Jones, “Everyone in Connecticut should understand about its deep past. These are the colonization of an uninhabited Ice Age landscape, adaptation to post-glacial habitats, the development of formalized exchange networks, strategies for feeding a growing population, and the development of politically complex societies. An examination of these topics indicates that the archaeology of the state provides fertile ground for understanding not only Native American life-ways of the past, but the social, economic and political challenges shared by many societies around the globe.”

Jones became Connecticut’s most recent State Archaeologist in 2014. Brian has worked as an archaeologist since 1992 for AHS/PAST Inc., the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, and Archaeological Services at UMass Amherst. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology at UConn in 1998. Brian has a broad background in New England archaeology that spans the Paleoindian period through the industrial era. His special fields of interest include the peopling of the New World, lithic analysis and geoarchaeology. Dr. Jones has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia and lived and studied in Germany for three years. He leads a busy life in Glastonbury with his wife and two high school-aged children.

The paper that this talk will be based on is available at: The title is “The Colonization of the Curriculum: 13,000 years of Missing History in the Connecticut Content Standards of the Social Sciences, with Suggestions for Class Exercises

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