Every year, when the kids were younger, a couple of times a year, my 2 sons and I would accompany the Connecticut State Archaeologist, Dr. Nick Bellatoni from the University of Connecticut on different digs throughout the state. It was done thru the CT Museum of Science at UCONN and was open to anyone with membership in the museum. At the time it was like $20 for a family and every weekend something was going on, from field trips, to lectures and presentations, hands on events, natural sciences, biology etc.
The field digs were always well attended and we dug up some pretty interesting sites of the native peoples. Everything from pottery shards , tools, arrowheads, fire sites, winter and summer campsites. One time we participated in a dig of an unknown artifact/stone configuration. They weren't sure if it was possibly a kiln or crematorium. They said there was only one other known similiar configuration out in Michigan. I wonder if they ever figured out what it was.
Check with your local university, state science museum, state archaeologist for local digs.
My mother just gave me my fathers collection of ancient Incan, Moche and Changos Indian artifacts. Every thing from a torquise necklace from a mummy to arrowheads, spear points, stone fishing implements, bone and wooden objects, some textile chards, rope bundles, needles, mortar and pestil and his 2 most prized possesions, 2 pottery bowls, one from a very poor indian that was broken into 3 pieces and the owner repaired it by drilling tiny holes on each side of the cracks and tying it back together. The other shows the fingerprints of the potter in the clay and is very rudimentary.
The cracked one is a much richer bowl with paint designs still visible and a rim on the base to sit evenly.
I remember he said one dated to the 1500 but I don't recall which one and what the other one is dated. Both were exhumed with mummies in the north of Chile in the Atacama Desert.
I took pics of them and placed it in my gallery if you want to see the bowls.
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