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Annual Meeting

November 4, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Presented by Nicholas F. Bellantoni, PhD

The summer of 1913 was a hot and dry season.  To divert water from a nearby mountain swamp to the Hillstead Farm in Farmington, Connecticut, workers excavated a channel down to the farm’s tilled fields.  In doing so they encountered what they thought were thick tree roots and were about to axe through them when a supervisor realized that the obstacle was bone.  Geologists at Yale University were contacted.  The workers had discovered the fossil remains of a two-thirds complete mastodon dated to the state’s post-glacial past. The former state archaeologist will discuss the findings and recent radiocarbon dating of the fossil.


November 4, 2021
7:00 pm