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Westport Library to Host Inaugural Archaeology Day

Day of Interactive Programming for All Ages to Highlight Field of Study in Connecticut and Beyond

The Westport Library is thrilled to announce the launch of its inaugural Archaeology Day. On Saturday, November 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the community is encouraged to indulge their inner Indiana Jones with a day full of archaeological fun for all ages! There will be lectures, demonstrations and interactive experiences throughout the Library.
“When people think of archaeology, they think of faraway places that aren’t easily accessible, and that’s just not the case. I had the same misconception until my interest in archaeology led me to discover the resources that scholars and institutions in Connecticut offer,” said Westport Library Reference Librarian Mary Brown. “That is why we are so excited to bring a Day of Archaeology to The Westport Library. With this day, we will be able to put our patrons in touch with the people that are digging, studying and teaching in our area.”

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
In addition to the speakers, there will also be an activity that will interest the younger archaeology enthusiast. One of our MakerSpace volunteers, Jonathan Russo, will be building a large box that will become an artificial archaeological dig. Scott Brady from The Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (FOSA) will help run the dig and impart some knowledge about field methods and artifacts.
This past summer Brown participated in an archaeological dig on a farm in Glastonbury run by the State Archaeologist, FOSA and The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History at UCONN.
“I was so happy to experience archaeology in my own home state, and every member of the team that ran the dig were inspiring and supportive,” said Brown. “I am thrilled we can bring this experience to the Library community!”
The day is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is not required.

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