Friday, February 1, 2013

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


ASNJ MEETING
AT EAST JERSEY OLD TOWN
PISCATAWAY, NJ

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