Fulfilling sacred dreams
Nick Bellantoni: Adjunct Associate Professor, CT State Archaeologist
As State Archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology Center at UConn, Dr. Nick Bellantoni has discovered the fallacy of the old saying “Dead men tell no tales.” Whether he’s involved in forensic work with law enforcement officers and the state medical examiner, with the discovery of bones in a CT colonial era cemetery that led to an investigation into vampirism, or his involvement in the History Channel’s investigation of what was purported to be Hitler’s skull, he has used the science of archaeology to help understand both the recent and distant past.
Dr. Bellantoni, who is also an Associate Research Professor in UConn’s Department of Anthropology, will explain how he became fascinated with archaeology and share his experiences throughout his illustrious career. He’ll talk about his travels to Moscow to examine the fragment of a skull with a bullet hole found in Hitler’s Berlin bunker, how his work is critical to historic and archeological preservation, and the role he plays with police departments and the medical examiner’s office whenever human skeletal remains are discovered.
Dr. Bellantoni received his doctorate in anthropology from UConn in 1987 and was shortly thereafter appointed state archaeologist. He has been excavating in Connecticut for over 35 years. He currently serves as Advisor for the Commission on Culture and Tourism and sits on the State Historic Preservation Council, and has been a former president of the National Association of State Archaeologists. Dr. Bellantoni has been featured in numerous national television and radio presentations including shows with “The History Channel”, “Discovery Channel”, “National Geographic Channel”, “BBC”, and “PBS”.