Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ASNJ January 18 meeting at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton

11:00-12:00 (TOUR) A Stroll Along the D&R Canal Tour with Bob Barth, ASNJ member and former president of the NJ Canal Society. Meet at the NJSM front door.

Presidents Welcome/Brief Reports
Memorial-Deb Fimbel, Presented by Liza Davis

Break 1:45-2:00

• “Ethnoarchaeology in the Amazon,” Peter Siegel, Montclair State University

• “The Archaeology of Depue Island,” R. Michael Stewart, Temple University

• “The Abbott Farm National Historic Landmark: An Interpretive Plan and an Interpretive Center,” Richard Hunter, Hunter Research

• “Petty’s Run of Trenton: 300 Years of Change in an Urban Landscape,” Ian Burrow, Hunter Research

Free Event, Free Parking 
for directions see NJ State Museum

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Debbie Fimbel

With great sorrow, I have to report that Archaeological Society of New Jersey member and friend to New Jersey Archaeology, retired SHPO archaeologist Debbie Fimbel passed away suddenly on Nov. 1. She was a lovely and kind person with a twinkle in her eye but who was passionate about protecting NJ's archaeological sites.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

ASNJ Meeting, October 19 at Feltville/The Deserted Village

OCTOBER MEETING (October 19, 2013)

10:00-12:00  Walking Tour of Feltville/The Deserted Village led by Archaeologist Matt Tomaso

12:00-12:45   Lunch and Board Meeting (Maskers Barn) Bring Your Own Lunch

1:00 Opening Remarks and President’s Welcome

Lecture Series

1:15-1:45:  “How Different World-views Constructed the History of a Little Village in Union County: Archaeology and Community Identity at Feltville/Glenside Park.” Presented by Matt Tomaso (PS&S Consulting)

1:45-2:15:  Discovering 19th Century Lifeways in Rahway, New Jersey: The Peace Tavern – Woodruff House Site (28-Un-42). Presented by Brock Giordano (Dewberry Consulting)

2:15-2:45:   New Jersey Becoming the Garden State: Archaeological Evidence for Late 19th Century Foodways in Union County. Presented by Adam Heinrich (Monmouth University)

2:45-3:15:  Reexamining the South Beach Site on Staten Island:  Home of a Dutch Patroon or his Lenape Neighbors?  Presented by Rich Veit (Monmouth University)

Saturday, June 8, 2013

The weather cleared so today's dig at White Hill is on.

Rich Veit

Friday, June 7, 2013

Saturday, June 8th Dig

Dear Friends,

  Saturday's dig may be delayed or cancelled due to the weather.  Please stay tuned.  I will be posting an update early tomorrow morning.

Rich Veit

Sunday, June 2, 2013

A special thanks to all the ASNJ volunteers who came out to this Saturday's dig at White Hill Mansion.  I look forward to seeing you again next Saturday.

Rich Veit

Saturday, May 18, 2013

ASNJ Art Contest

Break out your art supplies! The ASNJ is having an art contest!

Members are encouraged to create a one-color image of what they feel best represents the ASNJ or archaeology in New Jersey. The artwork must prominently contain the words "Archaeological Society of New Jersey". 

Electronic versions of your artwork image in .jpg format should be emailed to Ilene Grossman-Bailey at by November 15, 2013 with your contact information.

 All submitted artwork will be posted on the ASNJ website and on ASNJ's Facebook page. 
Members will vote for the artwork they feel best captures the essence of the ASNJ and New Jersey archaeology at the January 2014 meeting. 

The chosen artwork will be featured on items such as tote bags or t-shirts that will be available for sale by the ASNJ between January 2014 and January 2015. ASNJ will assume ownership of the winning artwork and all item sale proceeds will be put toward the ASNJ research grant and a public outreach fund. 

The winner will receive a free one-year Individual membership to the ASNJ and will be featured in the March 2014 newsletter. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Dear Colleagues,

  Due to a family commitment, Jon Blaydes will not be able to present his research on the Delaware River shipwreck, instead Tabitha Hilliard will be presenting on the archaeology of horse tack. 

All the best,

Rich Veit

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Dear Friends,

  The ASNJ's annual summer field project will be held at White Hill Mansion in Fieldsboro, New Jersey.  The site is located at  217 Fourth Street in Fieldsboro, NJ.  The Mansion was built circa 1750.  The property is sure to yield colonial as well as Native American artifacts.  The link below should allow you to sign up.

All the best,

Rich Veit

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

May meetings

 Cherry Hill: Looking Below the Surface
 Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 PM
Conference Center Cherry Hill Public Library (Lower Level)
FREE and Open to the Public

Please note, no cemetery tour at the meeting on May 18th.

Archaeological Society of NJ meeting
Saturday, May 18, 2013
*All sessions are held at the historic Croft Farmhouse 

 11:00-12:00: Board Meeting
 12:00-12:30: Lunch
 12:30: President’s Welcome
 12:45: The Cherry Hill Site (28Ca2): A prehistoric window on early Camden County New Jersey, Presented by Tony Bonfiglio and Jack Cresson
 1:15:  Results of Archaeology at the Madeira I Site, Moorestown, NJ, Presented by Ilene Grossman Bailey 
1:45-2:00: Break 
2:00-2:30:  The Mystery of the Woodbury Creek Wreck, Presented by Jonathan Blaydes 
2:30-2:45:  Archaeology at the Kay Evans Farm (Croft Farm, Cherry Hill), Presented by Michael Gall


Volunteer Days this summer

On  Saturdays from June 1 to July 6,  2013,  ASNJ members can volunteer at Monmouth University's field school in Fieldsboro. For more information or to sign up, go to:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cherry Hill Township Welcomes the Archaeological Society of New Jersey for their quarterly meeting in May!  
Learn more about archaeology in our community with these FREE programs and lectures:
 Cherry Hill: Looking Below the Surface
 Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 PM
Conference Center Cherry Hill Public Library (Lower Level)
FREE and Open to the Public
 Evidence of the past are all around us - from old place names, street names, churches, houses, and cemeteries.  But what lies beneath?  Archaeology gives us stories to tell about Native Americans who lived in this area for thousands of years as well as the lives of farmers and others who lived here before suburban development. Dr. Ilene Grossman-Bailey, a Cherry Hill native (CHHSW class of '75), professional archaeologist, and president of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey, will present an overview on Cherry Hill archaeology and archaeological sites.

Want to learn more?  See the full agenda for the ASNJ Quarterly Conference at Croft Farm on Saturday, May 18th or contact or 488-7886 for details.

Archaeological Society of NJ
Saturday, May 18, 2013
*All sessions are held at the historic Croft Farmhouse unless otherwise noted
 10:00:  Walking Tour of Colestown Cemetery, with Professor Richard Veit
*Meet at Colestown Cemetery (intersection of Church Road and Kings Highway)
 11:00-12:00: Board Meeting
 12:00-12:30: Lunch
 12:30: President’s Welcome
 12:45: The Cherry Hill Site (28Ca2): A prehistoric window on early Camden County New Jersey, Presented by Tony Bonfiglio and Jack Cresson
 1:15:  Results of Archaeology at the Madeira I Site, Moorestown, NJ, Presented by Ilene Grossman Bailey 
1:45-2:00: Break 
2:00-2:30:  The Mystery of the Woodbury Creek Wreck, Presented by Jonathan Blaydes 
2:30-2:45:  Archaeology at the Kay Evans Farm (Croft Farm, Cherry Hill), Presented by Michael Gall

Friday, February 1, 2013

Scudders Falls and the Intelligent Whale! Oh my. ASNJ March 16 mtg.


March 16, 2013
Indian Queen Tavern
East Jersey Old Town

Open to the public, free, and free parking

Board Meeting 11:00 to 12:00

Lunch 12:00-12:45 (bring your lunch)

1:00 Opening Remarks and President’s Welcome

Lecture Series

System Flexibility:  Multiple subsistence in Lenape subsistence along the Middle Delaware River, the view from Scudder Falls.
Brian Albright and John Lawrence, AECOM
Data recovery investigations at two precontact sites on either side of the Delaware River, the Reeders Creek West site (28Me360) and the River Road site (36Bu379) allowed investigators the opportunity to review settlement pattern data from a broad region on both sides of the middle Delaware River.  Findings argue against a homogenous Lenape subsistence strategy in favor of strategies determined by intergroup variation and immediate resource availability. Evidence for the use of cultigens and intensive wild plant collection at the end of the Woodland period does not appear to have altered this adaptation.
“Viewing the Different Encampments, Which is Undoubtedly One of the Finest Sights in the World”: Archaeological Evidence for Revolutionary War Campsites at Raritan Landing in Piscataway, New Jersey
Richard Veit, Monmouth University

After suffering stunning defeats in the winter of 1776 at Trenton and Princeton, the British and Hessian forces regrouped in a defensive ring around New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Encampments were established across the river at Raritan Landing in Piscataway.  While many men were quartered in houses, others occupied huts and even tents.  Amateur metal detectorists initially identified the clusters of Revolutionary War artifacts in the vicinity of Raritan Landing.  During extensive data recovery excavations in this area conducted as part of the Route 18 extension project, the extent and nature of these deposits was more fully investigated.  Subsequent fieldwork on other sites in nearby Highland Park, and Edison Township has more fully revealed the remains of these camps.  This paper employs GIS mapping, historical research and detailed artifact analysis to provide a rare glimpse of a winter camp employed by the Crown forces during the American Revolution.  
2:00 – 2:15 Break

“At the Mantion House” - Settling the Estate of Cornelius Low
Mark Nonestied – Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission

Cornelius Low, one of the wealthiest individuals in the Raritan River Valley, died in 1777; some thirty five years later, in 1812, his estate was finally settled. His son Nicholas, the executor of the estate, kept the accounting records that documented approximately 600 transactions to liquidate his father’s holdings. These records were recently uncovered and interpreted; they shed light on the Low family, Raritan Landing, and the complexities of settling an estate during the post-Revolutionary Period -- especially for a person whose loyalty to the American cause was questionable.  
Today the Cornelius Low House serves as the Middlesex County Museum and the interpretation of this document has lead to additional investigation by museum staff  including the opening of the historic Low family vault in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.  

“Headed Back for the Raritan Docks” - John Holland’s Innovative Submarine
Douglas Aumack – Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission

In March of 1898, in the waters off of Perth Amboy, John Holland demonstrated the latest submersible technology. Holland’s submarine was an improvement over the earlier hand-propelled vessels of the Civil War period. His innovative gas and electric powered submarine was of great interest to the United States Navy, whose representatives inspected the vessel at the Raritan Dock Company in Perth Amboy.
This lecture explores a watershed period in the development of submarine technology. Mr. Aumack will discuss the earliest versions from the Civil War period and the improvements that continued throughout the late 1800s. Research on central New Jersey connections to submarine history and the Naval trials that took place in Perth Amboy will also be discussed.

3:00 Program Conclusion

Sunday, January 20, 2013

January 19... was a great success

Tour of NJSM storage was fascinating... about a 1000 research projects down there
Board meeting:
2010 bulletin will out in about 1 month thanks to the hard work of Jim Lee
Sevrie Corson was elected to the board to the seat vacated by Poul Graverson
Jack Cresson received a Lifetime Achievement Award...presented by Alan Mounier
Upcoming meetings/events:
March 16 East Jersey Olde Towne, Piscataway
May 11 Spirit of the Jerseys
May 18 Croft Farm, Cherry Hill including tour of 18th c. Colestown Cemetery
Sat. May 25, June, July 5, volunteer at the White Hill dig run by Monmouth University
Sept. 14-15
October -  TBA
Great talks by Deirdre, Kate, Blair, and presentations on Jacks Reef by Jesse, Michael, and Alan

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Upcoming ASNJ Meeting

Please note the next ASNJ meeting is this Saturday, January 19th, 2013.