A recent discovery of skeletal remains beneath an 18th Century house near the site of a pivotal Revolutionary War battle could be the first time in state history that soldiers from the Revolution have had their remains recovered from the field of battle.
On Monday, Dec. 2, the Connecticut Office of State Archaeology was notified by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner that human skeletal remains had been discovered under the foundation of the home in Ridgefield. The Connecticut State Archaeologist bears statutory responsibility for investigating human remains determined by the Chief Medical Examiner to have been buried for more than 50 years.
Subsequent excavations by the State Archaeologist, Nicholas Bellantoni, with assistance from the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, Inc. and University of Connecticut graduate students, have yielded two skeletons of robust adult men lying in an east-west orientation in ground that appears to be haphazardly dug. The burials are located in the area of the Revolutionary War Battle of Ridgefield (April 27, 1777) and may be associated with the battle. Excavations are ongoing with assistance from the Ridgefield Historical Society and the Ridgefield Police Department.
A press conference is scheduled at the Ridgefield Historical Society, 4 Sunset Lane, Wednesday, December 18 at 1 pm.
Bellantoni, State Historian Walter Woodward, and members of the Ridgefield Historical Society will be available for interviews. Photos from the site will be available, but to preserve the integrity of the excavation, site visits cannot be permitted.
The site of the burial is on private property and not open to visitors; for more information, visit ridgefieldhistoricalsociety.org.