Friday, February 13, 2009 – For the
first time in our lecture series we have a two part program. First,
archaeologist Marc Banks will provide
an update on the progress made at the Richard Smith Forge site during the last
year. An archaeological survey has been in progress at this important historic
site for two years, and Marc will bring us up to date on what was
discovered during the 2008 dig.
The second topic, also presented by Marc Banks, involves a fascinating American folk art
specialty: Hobo Nickels. Buffalo nickels were the preferred palette for these miniature pieces of art. Beginning in the 1910s, these nickels were modified by people with varying degrees of artistic ability to depict a wide variety of subjects, some totally different from the original coin. The engravings were often done by hobos who traveled the countryside as repayment for a meal or place to sleep and are now highly sought after works of art.
Please join us at the Barkhamsted Senior Center located on West River Road in Barkhamsted, 7:00 pm for what will be an enjoyable and educational evening. Refreshments will be served.
Marc Banks has been involved with archaeological surveys throughout Connecticut since the 1980s. These include large scale surveys at Peoples State Forest in Barkhamsted, Nepaug State Forest in New Hartford and the McLean Game Refuge in Simsbury, Canton and Granby with Dr. Kenneth Feder of Central Connecticut State University. He also assisted Dr. Laurie Weinstein of Western Connecticut State University with the survey of the Paugussett State Forest in Newtown. In 1991 and 1992 he directed The University of Connecticut Archaeological Field Schools during the excavation of the Indian Hill Site in Bloomfield. Marc has been involved with Culture Resource Management projects since 1991. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut in 2000. In 2001, he formed the cultural resource firm Marc L. Banks, Ph.D., LLC in Weatogue, Connecticut and has performed numerous archaeological assessments and surveys related to town planning, river and development projects. He has also directed field and lab work and co-authored many survey reports for projects across the state for American Cultural Specialists, LLC of Seymour, Connecticut with Dr. Lucianne Lavin since 2001.