More skeletal remains have been found in Ridgefield. State archaeologist Nicholas Bellantoni says the remains could also be those of someone who fought in the Battle of Ridgefield in April of 1777.
The Ridgefield Historical Society says 28 brass buttons throughout his chest and arms, including cuff buttons, were recovered. All buttons were badly corroded and need to be cleaned in the lab to look for insignia.
Bellantoni and others continued the excavation, under tunneling for almost three feet to remove the new remains. The first skeletons were unearthed in December when a homeowner was doing renovations in the basement of a private home.
Officials are hoping to be able to determine if these men were soldiers, and which side they were on--British or American.
Forensic experts at the UConn, Quinnipiac University, Yale University, the University of Florida and the University of California-Santa Cruz are involved in the analysis process. The Ridgefield Historical Society has created a Battle of Ridgefield fund to raise donations to help identify and honor the men who died on Ridgefield’s battleground.