Battlefields of King Philips War A Project of the American Battlefields Preservation Project Thu, 21 Dec 2017 16:36:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Pequot War Exhibit Opening October 1, 2016 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:46:29 +0000 Archaeology of Mistick Fort Exhibit

Opening October 1, 2016 at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center in the Pequot War Gallery

On Saturday, October 1, 2016 the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center will open an exciting new addition to the Pequot War Gallery.

The “Archaeology of Mistick Fort” exhibit will highlight the project’s latest findings and over 50 artifacts from the Pequot Museum’s archaeological surveys of the Mistick Fort site, and the subsequent English Allied Withdrawal. It will highlight findings from the first of several “Battlefields of the Pequot War” projects completed by the Pequot Museum in conjunction with the National Park Service, American Battlefield Protection Program.

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The events of May 26, 1637 will be explored in this exhibit expansion while exploring the Historical Memory & Legacy of the War, the latest Conflict Archaeology techniques used to rediscover the fort, and a selection of never before seen artifacts from the day of the battle.

The Battle of Mistick Fort is one of the most critical events in early American history, and of central importance to not only the Pequot tribe, but other Native American people of the Northeast. Come discover objects that were lost nearly 380 years ago!  This includes brass Pequot, Narragansett, Niantic, and “River Indian arrow points, European gun parts, and personal items carried and dropped by Native and English soldiers during the May 26, 1637 battle.


Do you have information to share? Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:59:15 +0000 Can you help us with our research?

We are looking for objects, old diaries and oral traditions related to King Philip’s War, and in particular the battle of Turner’s Falls (Battle of Great Falls / Wissantinnewag-Peskeompskut).

Our researchers are currently working with private individuals and historical societies to document existing artifact and document collections pertaining to King Philip’s War (1675-1677).

If you have anything you would like to share, contact us!



Introducing the Turner’s Falls Consortium! Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:35:23 +0000 Introducing the Turner’s Falls Consortium

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and Anthropology Department at the University of Connecticut have been asked by the Battlefield Study Advisory Board to conduct the research phase for the King Philip’s War Battle of Great Falls/Wissantinnewag-Peskeompskut (May 19, 1676). The Battlefield Advisory Board is a consortium of three towns and Five Native American tribes (Towns of Montague (Turner’s Falls), Gill, Greenfield; and the Narragansett, Mohegan, Nipmuc, Aquinah Wampanoag, Mashpee Wampanoag). The project is funded by the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program.

The Battlefield Advisory Board is seeking scholars and students interested in joining a consortium of academics, Native cultural and historical specialists, local historians and other interested parties for future research collaborations on the 17th Century cultural landscapes of the middle Connecticut Valley and the histories of Native and Colonial peoples in the region. The long-term goal of the Battlefield Advisory Board is to support the region’s economy through historic tourism, develop preservation plans for significant cultural and historical sites in the region, develop a collaborative research and study process to discuss and debate a variety of topics and issues related to King Philip’s War, and provide space to host discussions, house research materials, and host annual meetings.

For more information please contact us!

October is Rhode Island Archaeology Month Fri, 16 Sep 2016 06:57:08 +0000 Rhode Island Archaeology Month

Come celebrate Rhode Island Archaeology Month with a wide-ranging program of events that provide opportunities to learn about our state’s rich archaeological heritage directly from leading researchers who are making the latest discoveries. Topics include Manisee heritage, geology and landscape of Paradise Valley, and the archaeology of children. All events are free and open to the public.

Click here for more information! 

17th Century Encampment June 24-25, 2016 Tue, 08 Mar 2016 14:51:04 +0000

Living History Event

17th Century Encampment

June 24 & 25, 2016   9:00-4:30pm at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

Come and witness Colonial English, Dutch and Native cultures including demonstrations, crafts people and re-enactors reveal military and civilian daily life during the 1600’s.

Free with museum admission and for more information please visit:

We hope to see you there!

Join us for the reopening of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center Thu, 14 Jan 2016 17:18:55 +0000 Join us on April 1, 2016 during our reopening as we celebrate American Indian culture – past and present. See how our history-changing research informs modern life and beliefs. Join Native artists as they talk about and demonstrate their work. Enjoy the flavors and aromas of our new menu items in the Pequot Café: made with indigenous ingredients; sourced from local and indigenous vendors. Visit our Trading Post to see our new selection of Native-made goods, Powwow Supplies, and 17th Century Reproduction items!


Take an immersive, eye-opening journey through time to learn about the land and its Native people. We promise a POWERFUL DRAMATIC, UNFORGETTABLE experience. The Pequot Museum’s award-winning, interactive, multi-media environment stimulates the senses, captures the imagination, and stirs the spirit.

Reminder! During the interim the museum will be open on Wednesday’s exclusively to Museum Members!  To schedule a visit, please contact Lucia Lopez at our Membership Office. If you are not currently a member you can purchase a membership now and bring your family and friends for a day at the museum any Wednesday.

Group Tours and will be available for rent to host corporate events, weddings, etc.

For more information contact:
Lucia Lopez
(860) 396-6824

17th Century Warfare, Diplomacy & Society in the American Northeast conference papers soon to be released! Wed, 30 Dec 2015 19:22:10 +0000 Papers released:

Select papers presented at the 17th Century Warfare, Diplomacy & Society in the American Northeast conference held at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, October 18-19, 2013 have been released! Each month tune in for a new paper.

The papers include a wide range of highly relevant topics pertaining to 17th century northeastern North America from some of the most innovative scholars in their respective fields.

Panel Event at Wesleyan University Wed, 02 Dec 2015 17:15:56 +0000 Indigenous Middletown: Settler Colonial and Wangunk Tribal History

At Wesleyan University on Saturday, December 5th from 10am-12noon for a panel event with:

Lucianne Lavin, Ph.D. – Director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies and author of Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples

Timothy Ives, Ph.D. – Principal archaeologist at the Rhode Island State Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission and scholar of Wangunk history

Reginald W. Bacon – Editor of The Middler, the newsletter of the Society of Middletown First Settlers Descendants

Gary O’Neil – Descendant of Jonathan Palmer and genealogist of the remaining Wangunks in the Middlesex County, organizer and leader of the Wangunks since the 1970’s

Location: Russell House, 350 High Street, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT 06459

Free and open to the community ~ all are welcome! This event is wheelchair accessible and is sponsored by Wesleyan University’s American Studies Department, the Center for the Americans, and the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life. For more information, contact J. Kehaulani Kauanui 860-685-3768 or email:

Photo’s From the MPMRC’s 3rd Annual 17th Century Encampment! Fri, 29 May 2015 19:29:10 +0000 Photo’s from the MPMRC’s 3rd Annual 17th Century Encampment!

The 3rd Annual 17th Century Encampment was held on the museum farmstead on June 24 and 25, 2016!

Over 50 Native American, European, and African American reenactors and historical interprtors joined us for this two day event where the visitors experienced different aspects of 17th Century life!

This included historically accurate Native and European impressions of soldiers, warriors, and civilians from 1600 – 1700 as well as displays related to the Pequot War (1636-1637) and King Philips War (1675-1677) time period.

Below are some scenes from this year’s event!

Hope to see you next year!

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10th Bi-Annual International Fields of Conflict Conference Fri, 29 May 2015 19:22:48 +0000 CALL FOR PAPERS

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center is hosting the 10th Bi-Annual International Fields of Conflict (FOC) Conference September 26-30, 2018. The conference will showcase new perspectives regarding conflict and diplomacy, conflict archaeology including new archaeological methods, military technologies, battlefield sites, and military archaeology, and social and physical landscape change as a result of war epidemics and battlefield medicine.

 Title of presentation/paper
 250 word abstract describing presentation/paper
 Name of author(s)
 Institutional affiliation of author(s), if applicable
 Contact information: mailing address, phone and email
 Send electronically in Microsoft Word .doc or PDF formats

Submission: Email abstracts by February 1, 2018 to Dr. Ashley Bissonnette, Senior Researcher at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center at Include “Abstract Submission, September 2018 FOC Conference” in the subject line.

Notification: You will receive an email notification no later than March 1, 2018 if your abstract has been received. All submitted abstracts undergo review and selection by conference committee. Abstracts highlighting International Indigenous Conflict are encouraged. Conference registration information and program will be sent by email or address.

Paper Length: Presentations are not to exceed 20 minutes in length (approximately 10 double-spaced pages). Please include a short biographical profile with your proposed paper or poster. Please note: full written papers must be submitted electronically by July 1, 2018. It is intended that a peer-reviewed publication will follow the conference.

For questions contact: Ashley Bissonnette, or call at (860) 396-6803