Thursday, August 20, 2015

ASNJ Highlight-



Greetings! ASNJ did not receive an artifact of the month submission for August until very late in the month, ASNJ will therefore suspend posting this artifact post until September 1. Instead, ASNJ would like to take the opportunity to highlight Kiersten Fuchs, who kindly sent ASNJ a personal description about her current involvement in New Jersey's archaeological community. Please forward your own submission to ASNJ's webmaster, ASNJ wants to hear from you!
 
ASNJ readers,
 
Hello, my name is Kiersten Fuchs.

I currently hold a BA in History from Fairleigh Dickinson University and will be completing my MA in Anthropology from Monmouth University in May. For my thesis research I am looking at how the inhabitants of the Barnegat Bay (New Jersey) region, starting with the Lenape Indians, have provided the area with hertiage, culture, and a unique sense of identy. I chose this topic because I have lived with the Barnegat Bay as my backyard my entire life and often wondered how my identity was influenced by the area. My goal for this thesis is to look at the variety of people, places, and events and how they all tie into one another in giving the Jersey Shore, specifically the Barnegat Bay region, its identity, heritage, and culture. Visitors and even many locals are unaware of what has happened in the past right in their area(s) and I hope to shed light on the importance of history, anthropology, and archaeology within the region. 

Although I am focusing my thesis on a more anthropological basis, my heart lies with archaeology. Historical archaeology has been passion. I have worked with Dr. Veit on the Cedar Bridge Tavern dig in the Pine Barrens and Parker Farms in Little Silver, NJ. I have also worked on a dig in Maryland under the direction of John Dysart. 

I hope this information helps you and if there is anything more that I can provide, please do not hesitate to ask. 

Sincerely,
Kiersten Fuchs
 
 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ASNJ Artifact of the Month - July


Photo Credit: Jo Grabas Sr.

This month's artifact is a jasper tear drop projectile point, recovered from Turkey Swamp State Park during Monmouth University's 2015 field school season. This is a prehistoric artifact.  The point was one of several exciting finds discovered this season. The park plans to eventually erect a display that will show several artifacts recovered from the park. Field school instructors and staff will analyze the data collected during the season over the next year. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

ASNJ Volunteers- Dig on Saturday!

ASNJ will be digging with Monmouth University fieldschool students on Saturday at Turkey Swamp State Park in Freehold, New Jersey. Please read the following:
Professors: Richard Veit and Sean McHugh
Location: Turkey Swamp
Project Description: Monmouth University's 2015 archaeological field school will be held at one of the Northeast's preeminent archaeological sites, Turkey Swamp, in Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Previous excavations at the site unearthed artifacts covering the entire span of prehistoric occupation in the eastern United States from the Paleo-Indian through the Contact Period. Our work will focus on re-identifying the site of earlier excavations and exploring several new sites within the park. Students will learn archaeological field and lab methods and be introduced to current debates on regional prehistory through lectures and activities.
IMPORTANT NOTES:
All ASNJ members are invited to attend. Due to insurance reasons, members must have an active ASNJ membership (meaning that you have renewed or recently joined us). If you are not a member of ASNJ or you have allowed your membership to expire, you can not dig. Interested members are asked to meet the MU fieldschool staff and students on Saturday morning at 9AM at the soccer field parking lot. Directions to the parking lot can be found here. Please bring plenty of water, sunscreen, bug/tick repellent and pack a lunch. Volunteers and students will travel from the parking lot to the site on foot through a densely wooded area with thick vegetation, please dress appropriately. Long pants, high socks, work gloves, hats and boots are best. Please be aware that there may be poison ivy on site. If you are allergic to bees, please prepare yourself accordingly. 

We hope to see you there!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Artifact of the Month- June 2015


Photo Credit: Dr. Rich Veit

Photo Credit: Dr. Rich Veit
This month’s artifact is from a local museum display, located at Historic Walnford in Crosswicks, New Jersey.  The Monmouth County Parks website has this to say about Walnford:

Picturesque after a snowfall, full of fascinating history throughout the year, any day is a great time to visit this wonderful historic site and learn more about the Waln family and the evolution of Walnford over two centuries - from an 18th century industrial village and family farm to an elegant country estate. At the heart of the Crosswicks Creek Park (1436 acres), the site showcases over 200 years of social, technological and environmental history through the Waln family.


In the nineteenth-century a German officer was traveling through the area with two other officers. They approached a creek on the property and decided to wade through to the other side.  One of the officers became separated from his horse during the crossing after his horse suddenly sank into a hole in the creek. The two eventually made their way back to shore, it was then that the officer noticed he had lost a spur during the ordeal. The boy who witnessed this event eventually grew into an old man and would later discover a spur during a construction project along the same creek.  This spur is on display at the Walnford museum along with corresponding letters which describe these first-hand accounts.

Special thanks to Dr. Rich Veit for this Artifact of the Month submission.

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

thank you!

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!