Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni, former MxCC student, was interviewed by Connecticut Magazine about archaeology and what he actually does as the state archaeologist.
“I work with all 169 state municipalities on land-use issues—subdivisions, shopping malls—things that might affect archaeological sites, so the majority of what I do is on-the-ground preservation before those sites are destroyed,” said Dr. Bellantoni. “I also work very closely with the medical examiner’s office and police departments whenever human skeletal remains are uncovered.”
Dr. Bellantoni attended MxCC after serving in the U.S. Navy, transferred to CCSU, and then went on to graduate school. Since 1988, he has served as the state archaeologist with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Archaeology in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Connecticut.