Sponsored by Archaeological Associates of Greenwich (AAG)
Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 8:00pm
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT 6830
This lecture by State Archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni is free to AAG and Bruce Museum members and $10 to the public at the door.
The threat to archaeological and anthropological collections is not just a Connecticut problem with artifacts discovered and discarded in attics. The wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and even the unrest in Egypt are causing looting and destruction of important sites. Bellantoni will also discuss programs on mass media including “Antiques Roadshow” and the bizarre new program on Spike TV called “American Diggers.” This show follows a team led by a former professional wrestler, turned relic-hunter, as they scour battlefields and historic sites in hopes of striking it rich by unearthing and selling rare pieces of American history.
Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni serves as the State Archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center in the Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut. He received his doctorate from UConn in 1987 and shortly thereafter was appointed State Archaeologist. His duties include the preservation of archaeological sites in the state. He is an Adjunct Associate Research Professor in the Anthropology Department at UConn and sits on the State Historic Preservation Council. He recently served as President of the National Association of State Archaeologists.