Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Artifact of the Month: June 2016

This bifurcate point was found by Larry Ledrick in Gloucester County, NJ. Mr. Ledrick displayed this point along with all the other artifacts he has found at this site during the 19th annual artifact show hosted by the Gloucester County Chapter of the ASNJ on May 5, 2016 at the West Deptford Public Library . Mr. Ledrick has been collecting this one site for 25 years. The bifurcate point appears to be made from orthoquartzite. Orthoquartzite is a type of material used by Native Americans in the Chesapeake Bay region and is not commonly found in artifact collections from New Jersey.   

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ASNJ May Meeting

Meeting Date: Saturday May 21, 2016
Location: East Jersey Old Town
Address: 1050 River Road, Piscataway Township, NJ

11:00-12:00: Board Meeting
12:00-1:00: Lunch (on your own)
1:00-1:15: Opening Remarks and President's Welcome

Lecture Series
1:15-1:45: "Christian Motherhood and 19th-Century Academia: Archaeology of a New Jersey FemaleSeminary" - presented by Michael Gall - RGA and Richard Veit - Monmouth University
1:45-2:15: "Examining Recent Archaeological Investigations at the First Reformed Dutch Church of New Brunswick, NJ: Towards a Discussion of Remembrance and Regulation" by Hunter Research, Inc.
2:15-2:45: Break
2:45-3:15: "The First Reformed Church: Relocating 23 Nineteenth Century Graves" - presented by Mark Nonestied - Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission

For more information, contact Darryl Daum

Monday, May 9, 2016

Artifact of the Month: May 2016

Photo Credit: Matt Kalos and Wendy Miervaldis
This artifact was found during the Summer 2015 excavations along the foundation of the Bowen House located in Paoli Battlefield Historic Park, Malvern, PA.  The artifact is approximately 7.5 cm long and is made from a copper alloy. It is believed to be one blade of a pair of tea tongs, or sugar scissors, which were popular in the mid to late 18th Century. Of particular interest are the "bull's eye" hinge and clam shell tip. These show an attempt by the artisan to imitate certain style characteristics of more expensive silver tea tongs which were being produced in both Europe and America at that time.  (Submitted by Matt Kalos and Wendy Miervaldis)

Now accepting Artifact of the Month Submissions for July 2016, please email your submission to the Webmaster at subject heading "ASNJ"

Friday, April 1, 2016

Artifact of the Month: April 2016

Photo Credit: Jesse Walker
This ceramic disc was found at the Hoffman Site (28GL228) in 1997. Ceramic discs were made by Native Americans. It appears to have a fabric impressed surface treatment and may date to the Woodland period. Archaeological excavations were conducted at the site over a 13 year period by Guy Digiugno and the Gloucester County Chapter of the ASNJ. The multi-component site contains dense archaeological deposits dating primarily from the Late Archaic to Late Woodland periods. A summary article about the site has recently been submitted for publication in the Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey.