Friday, September 11, 2015

Dig Announcement - September 26-27

The following post is from Michael J. Gall, ASNJ Treasurer:

The ASNJ and the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission are teaming up to conduct a two-day dig at the Piscatawaytown Burial Ground and Town Green in Edison Township, Middlesex County, New Jersey on Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27, 2015.  Rain or shine, the dig will take place between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm each day in the baseball field behind the St. James Episcopal Church (located at 2316 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, NJ). Parking can be found behind the church and graveyard.   The archaeological survey will begin with a shovel test pit grid and may included two (2) three-foot square units.  

The town green is part of the original Piscataway settlement, dating from the 1660s and contained a town house, ammunition magazine, jail, stocks, and an early church.  We are hoping to find archaeological evidence the 17th-century buildings and evidence of militia training. We will also be working in an area near a Revolutionary War skirmish.  There will be formal tours of the 17th-century cemetery, the St. James Episcopal Church, and a discussion of the town history/archaeology between 1:00 and 4:00 pm each day.  Tours are free of charge.  We ask that if you want to participate in the excavation, that you be a current ASNJ member.  I can accommodate up to 10 volunteers each day. A sign up genius has been created for those wishing to sign up and volunteer and the link can be found here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0544a8ab2aa02-archaeology I ask that volunteers do sign up ahead of time.