Anthropology Department faculty member Dr. Kevin McBride is an archaeologist specializing in the Native American history of Connecticut. He is also the director of research at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum. His work on the Pequot War of 1637 and his views on archaeologists’ use of metal detectors, a device commonly used by looters in illegal excavations, are featured in a recent New York Times article entitled “Archaeologists and Metal Detectorists Find Common Ground”.
UCONN Today covered a recent finding of a 12,000 years old stone tool in Mashantucket Pequot Reservation by UConn faculty and graduate students.
Piecing Together a 12,000 Year-old Way of Life
About 12,000 years ago, when ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere had almost finished melting and the last ice age was coming to an end, a group of Paleoindians camped along the edges of what today is the Great Cedar Swamp at the center of the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation. Expert flint knappers or makers of stone tools, these early New Englanders left a treasure trove of history buried in the ground. Hundreds of their artifacts have recently been uncovered through archaeological excavation, a joint venture of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and the University of Connecticut….
University of Connecticut’s archaeological field school and Mashuntucket Pequot Museum and Research Center on the Mashuntucket Pequot Reservation discovered 12 000 years old artifacts, making it one of the oldest discoveries in New England. You can watch a video podcast and read more about this discovery in this article on WTNH News 8 or on FOXCT.
12,000-year-old artifacts found on Mashantucket Pequot Reservation
Artifacts more than 12,000-years old have been discovered in Connecticut on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation, making for one of the oldest discoveries in New England. “It’s one of the oldest sites in Connecticut and now the oldest site on the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation,” said archaeologist Zac Singer, who studies stone tools and the pattern in the stone breakage. “We’re getting a glimpse into some of the first people who were occupying New England at the end of the last ice age.”