Pequot War Battlefield Project


Uncovering the 1637 Battle of Pequot Swamp

In partnership with the National Park Service, the Fairfield Museum is leading an exciting research project to discover details of the Battle of Pequot Swamp (also known as Munnacommock Swamp) which occurred in 1637 in present day Southport, Connecticut.  The battle was the last engagement of the Pequot War and was an important catalyst for English settlement of Fairfield and Southport.

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In 2015, the Fairfield Museum was awarded a National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program grant to identify the probable locations of the battle and ancillary sites. The project is part of a larger effort to identify and preserve all of the battlefields associated with the Pequot War (1636-1637), the Battlefields of the Pequot War project.

You can read the final report of that research project here: Battle of Pequot Swamp Archaeological Report 2017.

In 2017, with an additional grant from the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program, the Fairfield Museum began the second phrase of this project to conduct non-intrusive field investigations of the Pequot Swamp site to locate possible artifacts related to the battle. Dozens of private landowners around the site have given permission for professional archaeologists to conduct a metal detector survey of their property to help locate possible battle artifacts. Those field investigations will begin in the spring of 2018.

Request for Proposals

The Fairfield Museum is currently seeking proposals from qualified consulting firms, practices, or individuals with demonstrated expertise in the colonial contact period history and archaeology of the Northeast to complete a site identification and documentation project for the July 1637 Battle of Munnacommock (Fairfield) Swamp.  Interested consulting firms and individuals can download the Request for Proposals here.  Proposals are due no later than 5:00 PM, Friday, December 1, 2017.

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For more on the fascinating history of the Pequot War and the Battle of Pequot Swamp in Southport, please visit the Battlefields of the Pequot War site and see our Overview of the Pequot War

If you would like to learn more about this Battle of Pequot Swamp research project, please email Fairfield Museum executive director Michael Jehle through our contact page.