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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.
Nick Bellantoni, Emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist discusses the history, discovery, and excavation of the burials found in December 2019 and gives an update on the forensic analysis currently underway. (Dec. 8, 2020)

Construction activities working to lower the dirt grade under a house basement dating to 1790 uncovered human skeletal remains in Ridgefield, CT. Local police reported the discovery to the Office of the Chief State’s Medical Examiner, whose forensic team identified the remains as being historic and not part of a modern criminal investigation. In turn, in compliance with state statutes, the state archaeologist was notified to assume the enquiry. Subsequent excavations yielded four skeletons of young, robust adult males, all of which were hastily buried together in a common shallow grave where the bodies are commingled with overlapping arms and legs. The discovered burials are located in the area of the Revolutionary War Battle of Ridgefield (April 27, 1777). Our working hypothesis is that the burials found under the basement were victims of this historic Revolutionary War battle. Material culture recovered from two individuals includes 37 brass and two pewter buttons. This presentation will discuss the history, discovery and excavation of the burials and update on the forensic analysis currently underway.

This program is supported by CT Humanities.

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