Archeologist & Professor

nick bellantoniNicholas Bellantoni, MxCC ’73

Nicholas Bellantoni, Ph.D., is an emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist and an associate adjunct professor in the University of Connecticut Department of Anthropology.

“MxCC was extremely important to my development, because I did very poorly in high school. I spent four years in the U.S. Navy (1968-1971) and used the G.I. Bill to go to school. MxCC accepted me as a returning veteran after I successfully completed their required probation courses. I took my first anthropology course at the community college and ended up making it my career!”

Graduating from Middlesex in 1973, Dr. Bellantoni attended Central Connecticut State College, where he earned a B.A. in anthropology and M.A. in biology. He received his Ph.D. from UConn in 1987. In 2018, he published a book, The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry ’Ōpūkaha’ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk. Dr. Bellantoni oversaw the archaeological disinterment and forensic identifications in returning these men to their respective Native families. The book chronicles these significant stories as examples of the wide-reaching impact of colonialism and the resurgence of Hawaiian and Lakota cultures.

He has served as an advisor for the Commission on Culture and Tourism, the State Historic Preservation Council, and has been a former president of the National Association of State Archaeologists. Dr. Bellantoni was featured in several television and radio shows on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Channel, as well as the BBC and PBS networks.