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 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, 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

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Attention MAAC Members and Students...

The Middle Atlantic Archaeology Conference of 2015 will be held at the Clarion in Ocean City, MD from March 12-15. To register, please go here. In addition, MAAC will have it's MAAC Student Committee group. Please follow MAACSC on facebook and read the details below:

The MAAC Student Committee is a group for current and recent undergraduate and graduate students within the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference. We provide student themed events at the annual conference and work to encourage interest among students in professional archaeology. The MAAC Student Committee communicates important information to students and young professionals within the conference membership. We serve as a liaison between student members and the MAAC Board.

The Student Committee will be holding its first two events at the 2015 conference in Ocean City, Maryland. On Friday afternoon we will be hosting an exploratory meeting to determine interest in membership and the goals of the committee. During this informal roundtable, we will discuss what members want from the committee and what would best serve them, as students and young professionals. All MAAC members are welcome to attend and contribute ideas to the formation of this new committee.

The second event will be held on Saturday evening at the Clarion Hotel, just prior to the Reception. The Student Committee invites you to attend the first annual Student Mixer. Students are invited to talk, laugh, dance and enjoy each other’s company. Dance music will be provided. Students are also invited to participate in an optional “Pick & Play.” (Students would need to bring their own acoustic instruments, no formal equipment will be provided). This social networking opportunity is open to student members only. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January Meeting Update

We are happy to report that our first meeting of the year was a great success! We kicked off the new year with our first annual Artifact Show and Learn, an event where archaeologists and enthusiasts were invited to bring their collections to show and discuss.  Professional archaeologists were available throughout the event to provide interpretations of any artifact brought to their attention. The meeting concluded with a presentation, The I-95 Project, presented by URS Archaeologists. We were happy to see so many new faces and familiar friends, thank you for coming out! If you were unable to attend the January meeting, please continue to check our webpage and facebook for information pertaining to future meetings and events. Also, be sure to check out these candid shots we nabbed over the weekend:

Like what you see? Check out more photos from this event and updates for future meetings on facebook  , we hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Meeting January 17, 2015

Archaeological Society of NJ meeting
Saturday January 17, 2015

New Jersey State Museum
205 West State Street, Trenton

In the Second floor Natural History Gallery in the Innovation Lab Classroom.
10:00am – 11:00am Board meeting: Open to all 

11:00am – 12:00 Lunch (on your own) 
12:00 – 2:00pm First Annual Artifact “Show and Learn” Bring your Native American, prehistoric, or historic artifacts to show noted New Jersey experts and scholars for evaluation and identification. All are welcome. Time permitting, up to five artifacts will be examined. Please note: monetary  appraisals of artifacts will not be made
2:00pm – 3:00pm Presentation: The I-95 Project, by URS archaeologists

Program is free; Light refreshments will be served. Donations are appreciated!  Parking is free on the weekends in the lot behind and adjacent to the Museum and Planetarium.