The John Hollister Site (54-85) is a large 17th-century farm complex located on the fringe of early English settlement on the Connecticut River in present-day South Glastonbury, Connecticut. The farm was occupied from about 1650 to 1711, first by members of the Gilbert family, who were tenant farmers, and later by the Hollisters. The site was identified through oral history and remote sensing work that was carried out in 2015 and 2016. Excavations at the site were conducted in the summers of 2016-2021 under the direction Connecticut State Archaeologists Brian Jones (2016-2018), Nicholas Bellantoni (2019) and Sarah Sportman (2021), with members of the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology, volunteers, and field school students. The Hollister Site includes at least six buried cellars, two wells, and numerous other subsurface features as well as large, well-preserved assemblages of artifacts and food remains. This presentation will summarize the research conducted at the site to date, including new information from the 2021 field season.
Dr. Sarah Sportman holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut (2011). She has worked as an archaeologist for over 20 years, studying the archaeology and history of Euro-American and pre-colonial Indigenous groups in New England and New York. Before accepting the position of Connecticut State Archaeologist in 2020, Dr. Sportman worked as a cultural resource management (CRM) archaeologist for CRM firms in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York, conducting archaeological projects related to construction and development.