Grave Pursuits: New England Vampire Folk Belief

October 19th, 2017

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In the winter of 1990, two boys were playing in a private sand and gravel mine in Griswold, Conn. Sliding down the slope of the pit, the boys dislodged two skulls, which tumbled down the embankment with them. Inadvertently, they had discovered the lost graveyard of a farming family from the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

State archaeologists brought in to excavate the site discovered something curious: among the 27 bodies buried, one male had been rearranged in his grave. Research suggests that the re-interment was common to New England Vampire Folk Belief, in which the dead – or undead – had to be put back to rest.

 

Nick Bellantoni led the dig. Now an Emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist, he will share the rest of the story. Call  (203) 222-1424 to reserve your spot to dig into vampire folk belief and the archaeological history of early New England. $10 program fee at the door.

 

Thank you to our sponsor, Bayberry Property Management and Leasing Company of CT.