Hiking Ruins of Southern New England: A Guide to 40 Sites in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island

Falcon Guides. Apr. 2024. 256p. ISBN 9781493068548. pap. $24.95. TRAV
This volume by former Connecticut state archaeologist Bellatoni (And So the Tomb Remained) and Kipfer (Hiking Is Fundamental) urges readers to pay close attention to all that they see when they hike to archaeological sites. The authors provide archaeological perspectives of ruins—from stone locations to industrialist buildings—along 40 trails in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The featured sites relate to the history of Indigenous peoples and colonialists and the evolution of industrialists and corporate entities. The book gives each state its own chapter with specific trails listed, along with instructions for finding the trail head and other directions, fees and permits, trail distances, the level of difficulty, the history of the trail, maps, and other helpful information. The authors also explain the significance of the archaeology sites, any applicable laws and etiquette for them, and reminders to respect wildlife, other people one may encounter on hikes, and the trails and sites themselves.
VERDICT A well-thought-out guide that encourages readers to reflect on the past and the present. Give to history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts.
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