Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Upcoming Event

Dr. Rich Veit, ASNJ's Bulletin Editor, will be speaking at the Union Fire Company Hall in Titusville, New Jersey on Sunday, September 25. Dr. Rich Veit is also a Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Department of History and Anthropology with Monmouth University. Richard Hunter, Founder and President of Hunter Research, Inc., will also speak at this event. This event will be hosted by the Washington Crossing Park Association. For registration details, admission fee information or other inquiries, please consult the flyer below:


Monday, July 25, 2016

Artifacts Show-n-Learn at the Tulpehaking Nature Center August 13, 2016

Hamilton, NJ- Have you found something unique in your backyard? Do you collect artifacts? Do you want to learn more about them? You are invited to bring your finds to the Artifacts Show-n-Learn at the Tulpehaking Nature Center on Saturday, August 13th from 1-4 p.m. Archaeologists will be on hand to look at your artifacts and collections and help you identify them.

The Tulpehaking Nature Center and the Archaeological Society of New Jersey have teamed up for this focus on the archaeology of the area. The nature center is part of the unique and special Abbott Farm National Historic Landmark located right here where numerous significant Native American and historic archaeological sites have been identified along the Delaware River and tributaries since the 1800s.

To kick off the event, noted archaeologists (Dr. R. Michael Stewart, Dr. Greg Lattanzi, and Jim Lee) who have excavated and studied sites around the Landmark and the nature center will talk about local excavations and why our region is so special. Artifacts from the archaeological excavations conducted at the nature center, Point Breeze, and other nearby sites will also be on display.

The Archaeological Society of New Jersey (ASNJ) is a statewide organization founded in 1931 to promote and encourage the study of New Jersey’s fascinating historic and prehistoric archaeology. The ASNJ supports preservation of important archaeological sites and artifacts, provides grants for researchers and students, and creates a forum for good archaeology through our meeting programs and publications.

The rest of the afternoon, archaeologists will be on hand to look at collections that visitors bring in for identification. Identification is for educational and informational purposes only. No monetary valuations or appraisals will be done.

This program is free. Pre-registration is requested. Please call 609-888-3218 or email natureprograms@mercercounty.org.


The Tulpehaking Nature Center provides programs and exhibits that encourage visitors to explore the cultural, historic and natural resources of the Abbott Marshlands. Owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission, the Tulpehaking Nature Center is located at 157 Westcott Ave. in Hamilton and is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. For more information about the nature center, programs and schedule of events, go to www.mercercountyparks.org.

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 ddaum3@gmail.com

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 thilliard@rgaincorporated.com subject heading "ASNJ"