THE FARMINGTON MASTODON
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.