Presented via ZOOM on December 3, 2021 at 7:30 PM
The Mansfield Historical Society will present a special program on indigenous history via ZOOM. Following a brief business meeting, Sarah P. Sportman, Connecticut’s State Archaeologist, will present an illustrated talk, “The Indigenous History and Archaeology of Connecticut: The View from Mansfield”. The event is free, but registration is required. Once registered, a Zoom link will be emailed to you. Click here to register.
The human history of Connecticut stretches back at least 12,000 years before the arrival of European colonists. The archaeological and ethnohistorical records provide information about Indigenous people who lived (and continue to live) in what is now Connecticut prior to widespread European settlement and colonial record-keeping. This talk looks at that history through the lens of Mansfield, which is one of the best-studied towns in Connecticut. Almost 50 years of archaeological research carried out by academic and cultural resources management archaeologists has identified dozens of Native American sites and revealed a rich record of Indigenous life focused on the upland forests, waterways, and wetlands that characterize our town.
Sarah Sportman holds a B.A. in History from Union College (1999), an M.A. in History/Historical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts Boston (2003), and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut (2011). She has worked as an archaeologist for over 20 years, studying the history and archaeology of New England and New York. Before accepting the position of Connecticut State Archaeologist in 2020, Sarah worked as a cultural resource management (CRM) archaeologist for CRM firms in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York, focused on historic-period and pre-contact archaeological projects related to construction and development.