‹‹ MORE NEWS

Update on Skeletal Remains Found in Ridgefield and Other News

Emeritus state archaeologist Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni gives an update on the skeletal remains found in Ridgefield late last year and announces the significance of the Historical Society's recent grant award from the National Park Service: American Battlefield Protection program!
Update on the skeletal remains found in Ridgefield late last year and announces the significance of the Historical Society’s recent grant award from the National Park Service: American Battlefield Protection program. (May 27, 2020)

RIDGEFIELD, CONN. — A discovery of skeletal remains beneath an 18th Century house near the site of a pivotal Revolutionary War battle here could be the first time in state history that soldiers from the Revolution have had their remains recovered from the field of battle.

On Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, the Connecticut Office of State Archaeology was notified by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner that human skeletal remains had been discovered under the foundation of the home in Ridgefield. The Connecticut state archaeologist bears statutory responsibility for investigating human remains determined by the Chief Medical Examiner to have been buried for more than 50 years.

State Archaeologist Emeritus Nick Bellantoni

Subsequent excavations by emeritus state archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni with assistance from the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, Inc. and University of Connecticut graduate students, have yielded two skeletons of robust adult men lying in an east-west orientation in ground that appears to be haphazardly dug. The burials are located in the area of the Revolutionary War Battle of Ridgefield (April 27, 1777) and may be associated with the battle. Excavations are ongoing with assistance from the Ridgefield Historical Society and the Ridgefield Police Department.

A press conference was held at the Ridgefield Historical Society, 4 Sunset Lane, Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Bellantoni, State Historian Walter Woodward, and members of the Ridgefield Historical Society were interviewed and answered questions from the press.

Photos from the site are available, but to preserve the integrity of the excavation, site visits cannot be permitted.

More Posts

Meet RHS Intern, Antonia ten Holder

It’s January. The days are long yet short, and the prospect of spring is still many months away. But at the Ridgefield Historical Society, there is a definite energy and

Scott House Journal, January 2023

This edition of the Scott House Journal includes Jack Sanders’ recommendations on what items are worth saving to help future historians provide an accurate view of the past; as well

Picks from the Archive: Rob Orr

In this “Picks from the Archive,” Ridgefield Historical Society volunteer, Rob Orr, shares some of the resources he used to learn more about his home and its history.

Scott House Journal, October 2022

This edition of the Scott House Journal includes stories on the inaugural Witness Stones installation in Ridgefield at the David Scott House, also the Historical Society headquarters; and a wonderful

Send Us A Message

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list and receive updates, news, and invitations.

Visit Us

Ridgefield Historical Society
4 Sunset Lane
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Tel. (203) 438-5821

Follow Us

Community

 © 2022 Ridgefield Historical Society, All Rights Reserved | Privacy Policy