This website is the portal to information about past and present historical archaeological excavations that have taken place in Middletown Connecticut, and research undertaken by students from 2010 onwards on the artifacts recovered from these excavations.
Currently work is beginning at the Beman Triangle (see link to side of page for more details). Our current research is housed on the Beman Triangle website; we are not actively working on the material discussed in this website at present.
Excavations took place in the 1970s in advance of redevelopment work of downtown Middletown. Several sites were excavated around the South End of Main Street. Our class will be focusing our first analysis on material from the Magill site. Over the course of several years we plan to analyze all of the sites so that we can learn more about the daily lives and identities of those living in the bustling eighteenth century port and later industrialized city.
Most material on this site relates to work done by students in 2010 to analyze these collections. There remains much future work to be done on these materials, but at the moment active work in our Cross St Archaeology Laboratory is concentrated on the Beman Project.