Friday, May 8, 2015

Spirit of the Jersey's State History Fair- May 9th


ASNJ plans to attend this event tomorrow. Feel free to stop by our table, pick up an ASNJ t-shirt, renew your membership, start a membership or check out the artifacts we'll have on display. Archaeologists and enthusiasts will be present and more than willing to talk to you about our organization and upcoming events. We hope to see you there!


Friday, May 1, 2015

Artifact of the Month- May

Photo Credit: Allison Gall
This curious object is a scale weight. This weight could have been used by merchants to weigh money. Apothecaries once used similar weights to weigh medicinal herbs or other ingredients. This artifact dates to the 18th century and is associated with the Verree family of Burlington City, NJ.

Special thanks to Michael and Allison Gall for this Artifact of the Month submission.

Do you have an artifact or object you'd like to submit to ASNJ's "Artifact of the Month" website posting? If so, please send a photograph, brief description and a photo credit to thilliard@rgaincorporated.com, subject heading- ASNJ Artifact.

Thank you!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Meeting May 16, 2015

Archaeological Society of NJ meeting Meeting date: Saturday, May 16, 2015 Location: East Jersey Olde Towne Address: 1050 River Road, Piscataway Township, NJ

10:00-11:00: Tour of the Raritan Landing Exhibit. Meet in the parking lot to start the tour.
11:00-12:00: Board Meeting  
12:00-12:45: Lunch on your own
1:00-1:15 Opening Remarks and President’s Welcome

Lecture Series  
1:15-1:45: “Carpets, Cook Stove and a Lounge: Victorian Ideals in an Eighteenth Century Piscataway  Farmhouse” by Mark Nonestied – Division Head, Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage    Commission
1:45-2:15: "White Hill and Morven: Identity Construction and Maintenance among the  Delaware Valley’s Rural Elite" by Lauren Lembo – RGA, Monmouth University

2:15-2:45: Break

2:45-3:15:  “Looking for the Void: Mapping the Piscatawaytown Graveyard in Search of the 17th-   Century Townhouse” by Michael Gall – RGA
3:15-3:45 “Conclusions from a Geodatabase of Ernest Volk’s Excavations at Lalor Field: 1894 –    1895” by Andrew Martin – Monmouth University

Please note: Seating is limited at this venue. Please contact Daryl Daum ddaum3@gmail.com to reserve a spot.

NEW! ASNJ Membership Highlights

The Archaeological Society of New Jersey will begin publishing one ASNJ member highlight on the website each month. To achieve this goal, ASNJ needs your help to make this happen! If you are an archaeology student, professional, or otherwise involved in ASNJ, please send a brief biography of yourself to the webmaster. The bio should address the following questions:

What is your name and your research interests?  What projects have you worked on, volunteered or interned with? How do you currently contribute to the field of archaeology?  If you are writing a thesis, what is the central focus of the thesis project and what do you hope to achieve with your finished work? If you are in an academic program, what is your expected graduation date? What is your program and the name of your university? Optional information may include: your contact information, an academia profile link, a short list of your pending publications, professional photo of you at work, additional professional associations or degrees (Ex: RPA, MA, BA, etc.). If you are a member of ASNJ and not a professional archaeologist or student, we still want to hear from you. Tell us about a recent museum exhibit or event you've attended. Submit a photo of yourself attending the event, if you have one. Where was it, what was it about, etc?

Biographies should not exceed 300 words. Please send your biography to thilliard@rgaincorporated.com, subject heading needs to read ASNJ Monthly Highlight.

Please submit your biography by the 10th of each month to allow time for additional editing, These posts will be published on the 15th of each month. Please send yours soon, we want to hear from you!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mobilizing the Past

The Wentworth Institute of Technology hosted the first (hopefully annual) digital technology conference, entitled "Mobilizing the Past for a Digital Future." The conference informed attendees about the uses and misuses of digital technology in archaeological fieldwork and preservation projects. ASNJ Webmaster, Tabitha Hilliard attended the conference in Boston and ASNJ Treasurer, Michael Gall, attended via live webstream. Topics throughout the conference included:  photogrammetry, drone implementation, GISPro, 3D scanning, etc.

If you missed the conference, feel free to watch it now!  The Wentworth Institute of Technology has planned to archive all presentations, most of them are already available for viewing. Click here.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Meeting, March 21, 2015 at Abbott Farm Archaeological Site

Archaeological Society of NJ meeting
Meeting: Saturday, March 21, 2015 at
Tulpehaking Nature Center,
part of John A. Roebling Memorial Park
and Abbott Farm Archaeological Site.
Address: 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton, NJ

Directions: From South Broad St. turn west onto West Park Ave. The closest intersection to the park is West Park Avenue and Westcott Avenue. Turn left onto Westcott Avenue and then right at the sign into Roebling Park.  Parking for the nature center is the lot near the Watson house, on the right just before the road descends downhill. Across the road from the parking area, there is a metal bench near a path leading to the nature center, which has a new yellow addition.

10:00-11:00:        Tour of the Abbott Farm Archaeological Site, led by Gregory Lattanzi.
                                For the tour, meet inside the Nature Center at 10 am
.
11:00-12:00:        Board Meeting

12:00-12:45:        Lunch (on your own)

1:00-1:15              Opening Remarks and President’s Welcome
Lecture Series
1:15-1:45:            “Archaeology from the Tulpehaking Nature Center” by Jim Lee (Hunter Research)
1:45-2:15:            “An Unusual Paleoamerican Cache Find in Eastern Pennsylvania: Experiments and Insights into Fluted Point Manufacture” by Jack Cresson

2:15-2:45:            Break
2:45-3:15:            “The Importance of Revisiting Artifact Assemblages: A Closer Look at the Turkey Swamp Collection through the Lens of GIS” by Evan Mydlowski


3:15-3:45              A Comparative Study of African American Identity  Creation in Antebellum New Jersey by Jamie Ancheta