Battlefield Research Blog Entry #9: Archaeology in Ridgefield

A typical battlefield survey of a private home includes hours of scanning the landscape with metal detectors. Once a signal is detected the archaeologist recovers an object by peeling back the grass and digging a small hole to pinpoint the artifact which is typically found between 5 to 10 inches deep and rarely deeper than a foot.

Ed Hynes’ Lecture on The Writing of the Star-Spangled Banner

Learn how during the War of 1812, Francis Scott Key and two other Americans were detained on British war ships in Baltimore Harbor while they ferociously bombarded Ft. McHenry. What circumstances conspired to have the captives use the rocket’s red glare and the bombs bursting in air to give them proof through the night that our flag was still there.

The 1777 Danbury Raid and the Battle of Ridgefield

This webinar with Ed Hynes includes an extensive Q&A with participants, and a downloadable PDF of his slide show.
This presentation begins on April 25, 1777, when the British land at Compo Beach, march through Redding to Danbury, and return to the shore through Ridgefield and Wilton. Learn about the main encounters that took place in Danbury and Ridgefield and the roles key historical figures played in the Raid and Battle.

Webinar: Living Their Enemies, Dying Their Guests: Four Revolutionary Soldier Burials

Join us for a Live Zoom Webinar with Nick Bellantoni, Emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist, when he will discuss the history, discovery, and excavation of the burials found last December and give an update on the forensic analysis currently underway.