Friday, November 18, 2016

ASNJ Website Maintenance

A notice from the ASNJ Webmaster:

Hello ASNJ supporters! Just a few updates for the coming weeks:

  • The ASNJ website will undergo a bit of remodeling over the coming weeks. If you visit our website and notice that a page is down or a link isn't working properly, don't panic! If after January 1st you notice that something still isn't functional, please notify the webmaster at , subject heading ASNJ. Some of the changes will include:
    • All sale items will be under a new page, click the "ASNJ Online Store" to see an inventory of our sale items, which will be separated by category.
    • Sale inventories will be updated by the end of 2016 to accurately reflect what we have available in t-shirts, back bulletins and newsletters.
    • The "Become a Member" page will be re-organized. Our recent membership policy change will be reflected on the membership page:
      • As of November 14, 2016 all membership dues received after October 1st will be applied to an annual membership for the next calendar year. For example, if you pay for your membership between October 2nd 2016 and October 1st 2017, this fee will cover your annual membership during the 2017 calendar year. If you pay for your membership between October 2nd 2017 and October 1st 2018, your fee will cover your annual membership during the 2018 calendar year.
    • Membership paypal sale buttons will be updated to allow our members the ability to select and confirm the appropriate calendar year that they are renewing for.
    • Order forms will be standardized and available for you to download.
    • ASNJ will soon create an events calendar that will list ASNJ events including, but not limited to, the following topics: public outreach events, meetings, volunteer opportunities, membership renewal deadlines, field schools, etc.
    • Funding opportuntities will be listed under a single page. The page tab will be listed as "Fund My Research" on the menu above.
    • A social media submission and sharing policy will be added to the website.
  • Just a friendly reminder, we are in constant need of artifact of the month photos. If a photo is not received, one cannot be posted. An upload submission form, which will make it easier for you to submit your photos to us, is presently under construction. Send your submissions to until further notice.
  • Last but not least, it's that time again:

As always, thank you for your continued support!


Tabitha C. Hilliard, ASNJ Webmaster

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sean Bratton Awards for 2016!

Inaugural Grants for ASNJ Sean Bratton Memorial Research Fund Awarded to Outstanding Archaeologists and Temple Graduate Students Jennifer Rankin and Susan Bachor

The newly established Sean Bratton Memorial Research Fund celebrates the life and contributions of outstanding field archaeologist and mentor Sean Bratton by supporting the work of rising young archaeologists and scholars working on New Jersey topics. Two $400.00 research grants/scholarships are being awarded to Jen and Sue to support their original research as described below. We hope to see their work presented at an upcoming meeting and in the bulletin. 
The grants will be awarded yearly on a competitive basis to ASNJ members.  Grant applications for 2017 consisting are due prior to the May meeting (see page 3 for details). We thank the fund’s generous donors including Lauren Cook, Paul and Sallie George, Tara and Ryan Erdreich, Ilene and Ed Bailey, Mike and Allison Gall, Jesse and Stephanie Walker, Philip Hayden, Jennifer Leynes, and a very generous anonymous donor. Your donations help to keep this fund alive and well for yearly grants to incredible archaeologists like Jen and Sue. The grant committee consists of ASNJ board members, Sean’s friends, and other interested folks. If you would like to participate, contact Ilene (

Susan Bachor is a graduate student at Temple University focusing on pre-contact archaeology of the Middle Atlantic.  She currently works as the Historic Preservation Representative on the East Coast for the Delaware Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma and she also teaches at two community colleges in Pennsylvania.  Her dissertation research focuses on the procurement of steatite in the Delaware and Susquehanna Watersheds between 3000 BC and 750 BC. Steatite is only found in specific areas within the study area but is traded throughout both watersheds. 

Susan’s research will specifically look at how steatite is moving across the landscape and how that data sheds light on the trading patterns in the Middle Atlantic Region during the period mentioned above.  The Hoffman site (28GL228), seated at the confluence of two waterways, has an abundance of steatite artifacts that are being chemically examined for their source locations.  The location of this site and the amount of steatite found points to the Hoffman Site a prime location for the exchange of goods and information in the Delaware Watershed.             

Jen Rankin’s research in Paleoindian archaeology involves the Snyder Site Complex, several stratified, multicomponent localities at Carpentersville, New Jersey situated on a series of terraces adjacent to the Delaware River. The location of the Snyder Complex links the Delaware Valley and Middle Atlantic region with Paleoindian territories to the greater Northeast. Her dissertation focuses on the habitual use and reuse of landscapes at the end of the Pleistocene to assess shifts in land use and settlement behavior within of the context of climatic change and the changing flora and fauna, leading to the adaptation to new physical environments/changing conditions. This research also evaluates the role of such site clusters and complexes as potential social gathering loci where exchanges of information, trade, and socializing could take place. Jen Rankin is a PhD student at Temple University in Philadelphia and Senior Archaeologist with AECOM in Burlington, NJ/Pittsburgh, PA

Saturday, September 10, 2016

October 8 ASNJ meeting

Archaeological Society of New Jersey Meeting
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Location: Flemington Public Library
Address: 118 Main St, Flemington, NJ 08822

Public Library meeting 3rd floor
Parking: Across from the Doric house

10:00 – 10:30 Tour of Historic Doric House
Please note: Tour will start at the Historic Doric house not the library.

Doric House address: 114 Main St, Flemington, NJ 08822

10:30-11:30: Board Meeting in library, 3rd floor

11:30-12:30 Lunch on your own 

12:30-12:45 Opening Remarks and President’s Welcome 

Lecture Series
12:45-1:15: ​"The History and Folklore of Abandoned Copper Mines in New Jersey and the Delaware Valley" – presented by Lauren Lembo

1:15-1:45: ​“Flemington, it’s Architecture and the Clawson House” – presented by Chris Pickell

1:45-2:00: Break

2:00-2:30: ​“Farming, Horses and Springheads: A Prehistoric Site in Hunterdon County” 
– presented by Darryl Daum

For more information, contact Darryl Daum

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Artifact of the Month: September 2016

Photo Credit: Rich Veit
This is a wine bottle seal from Somerset, New Jersey. Would love to know the manufacturer. If you have any information, please forward comments to the ASNJ webmaster at with subject heading "ASNJ."

UPDATE 11/29/2016:

An ASNJ supporter Alicia Batko discovered a similar bottle seal online in a collector's forum. This seal was excavated in eastern North Carolina along with other 18th Century artifacts. Scott Ford, the owner of the bottle, reached out to the Webmaster of His inquiry received the following response:

"Scott, The crowns on your seal certainly suggest a European connection.  The seal appears to be made of four quadrants. I found only one early seal that consisted of a similar organization. From what I can gather, your seal is probably a coat of arms.  I am going to guess that it might not be as old as you suggest. I checked in Antique Wine Bottles by Roger Dumbrell.  He lists hundreds of seals, although none like yours.  In fact, all of the seals of the 17th and 18th centuries were much rounder and not one of them was a squared shaped like yours.   I cannot tell from the picture what the remaining glass attached to the seal is like.  I am looking for some hint of where on the bottle the seal might have been attached (neck, shoulder or body).  Its location might provide a clue to the age.  Going out on a limb, I am going to suggest your seal might be late 19th century rather than 18th.  Numerous wines and olive oils were made with applied seals in the 1880s.  Maybe a reader will help out.  Digger" (Bottle Books 2007)

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

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

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

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 subject heading "ASNJ"

Friday, April 1, 2016

Artifact of the Month: April 2016

Photo Credit: Jesse Walker
This ceramic disc was found at the Hoffman Site (28GL228) in 1997. Ceramic discs were made by Native Americans. It appears to have a fabric impressed surface treatment and may date to the Woodland period. Archaeological excavations were conducted at the site over a 13 year period by Guy Digiugno and the Gloucester County Chapter of the ASNJ. The multi-component site contains dense archaeological deposits dating primarily from the Late Archaic to Late Woodland periods. A summary article about the site has recently been submitted for publication in the Bulletin of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Volunteer Opportunity

**replaced 2015 flyer with current 2016 flyer on 03/30/2016

Friday, March 11, 2016

March 19, 2016 meeting - open to all

Archaeological Society of New Jersey

Meeting: Saturday, March 19, 2015 at Tulpehaking Nature Center, part of the John A. Roebling Memorial Park and Abbott Farm Archaeological Site.


Address: 157 Westcott Ave Hamilton, NJ

Directions: From South Broad St. turn west onto West Park Ave. The closest intersection to the park is West Park Avenue and Westcott Avenue. Turn left onto Westcott Avenue and then right at the sign into Roebling Park. Parking for the nature center is the lot near the Watson house, on the right just before the road descends downhill. Across the road from the parking area, there is a metal bench near a path leading to the nature center, which has a new yellow addition.

10:30-12:00: 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: “Under the Yellow Flag;” Results of a Preliminary Archaeological Survey at the Philadelphia, Lazaretto - presented by Richard Veit, Matthew Craig, and Stephanie Codling

1:45-2:15: “Unanticipated Discoveries: Rescue Archaeology and Superstorm Sandy” - presented by Lauren J. Cook - Dewberry, Inc.
2:15-2:45: Break
2:45-3:15: "Esopus, Raritan and Other Natives in Northern NJ: The Ethnogenesis of the 'Munsee' " - presented by Marshall Becker
3:15-3:45 “Large Tool Industries on the Necks, Cumberland County” - presented by Tony Bonfiglio
For more information, contact Darryl Daum

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Artifact of the Month: March 2016

Photo Credit: Jack Cresson
This month's artifact is rather unusual. These masonry bricks were found in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. These bricks are made of flint. If you have found something similar at another site or if you have any additional information about this type of artifact, please forward your comments to ASNJ's webmaster at, subject heading "ASNJ."

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Welcome New Board!

Thank you to all who attended our meeting on January 16th. I was happy to meet several new faces to the organization and I hope to meet many more over the next year. Our main goal in the next year is to recruit more members and to continue to offer opportunities for members to participate in various public outreach events.  Such opportunities include: volunteering on an ASNJ archaeology dig, sharing an artifact find with the ASNJ website, attending a meeting, or offering a submission to our ASNJ bulletin or newsletter. Remember, you don't have to be a professional archaeologist to be an ASNJ member. We have a desire to enhance your experience with New Jersey heritage and archaeology. You can be a professional, a student or an enthusiast. Membership fees help cover the cost of our events as well as produce our publications in a timely manner. If you are interested in joining ASNJ, please visit the Membership page on our website.

We would like to take an opportunity to welcome our newly elected board, which includes several familiar faces:

President: Ilene Grossman-Baily
1Vice President, Education/PR: Dave Mudge
2 Vice President, Membership: Lauren Lembo
3 Vice President, Programs: Darryl Daum
Treasurer: Mike Gall
Newsletter Editor/Corresponding Secretary: Jesse Walker
Recording SEcretary: Carolyn Cresson
Bulletin Editor: Rich Veit
Social Media/Webmaster: Tabitha Hilliard

Members at large:
Jack Cresson (2019)
Jim Lee (2019)
Sevrie Corson (2018)
Kimberly Keene (2018)
Allison Gall (2017)
Sean McHugh (2017)
Wendy Miervaldis (2017)

Please stay tuned to WWW.ASNJ.ORG for future meeting updates and notices. Please note that our website will undergo some routine maintenance in the coming weeks, I politely ask that you bear with us during this time. If you have any questions or concerns about the website during this time, please feel free to reach out to us. Our next meeting will take place on May 21st, mark your calendars and stay tuned for details. Thank you!

 “Material Culture, the Vought House as an Artifact” by Michael J. Margulies, RA, AIA,  (Eclectic Architecture, LLC)
“Archaeological Investigation of an Outbuilding at the
 Cristoffel Vought House in Clinton, NJ” Presented by
Jamie Ancheta (Monmouth University),
co authored by Chris Mathews (Montclair State University).

~Tabitha Hilliard, ASNJ Webmaster

Friday, January 8, 2016

ASNJ January Meeting and Sean Bratton Memorial

Archaeological Society of NJ January Meeting
Meeting date: Saturday January 16, 2016
Location: The New Jersey State Museum
Address: 205 West State Street, Trenton NJ

 9:00 – 10:00am Board Meeting (Auditorium), All are welcome

Lecture Series (Auditorium) 
·         10:00 – 10:15  “Historical Investigations at the Vought House in Clinton, NJ” by Don Sherblom, (President, The 1759 Vought House, A Revolutionary War Loyalist Homestead)

·         10:15 – 10:30 “Material Culture, the Vought House as an Artifact” by Michael J. Margulies, RA, AIA,  (Eclectic Architecture, LLC)

·         10:30 – 11:00  “Archaeological Investigation of an Outbuilding at the Cristoffel Vought House in Clinton, NJ” Presented by Jamie Ancheta (Monmouth University), co authored by Chris Mathews (Montclair State University).

11:00-11:30  Elections and awards (Auditorium)
11:30-12:15  Sean Bratton Memorial (Auditorium)
12:15-1:00  Lunch (on your own)

1:00-3:00  Artifact Identification: bring your artifacts in to discuss and be identified (2nd  floor Natural History Hall lab)
Free Parking behind museum and in parking area next to museum. 

For more information,  contact Daryl Daum

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

January 2016 Artifact of the Month

Photo credit: Steve Santucci
Photo credit: Steve Santucci
 West Morris Mendham History Club Archaeological Dig with Sean McHugh, Wendy Miervaldis and Steve Santucci. The site is noted to have been constructed sometimes in the early 1750s as a tavern in Chester! The scene here is Sean taking the lead in directing students in digging the test pit for the builders trench. We look forward to heading back to the site in Spring. (Above left, left to right) Artifacts include yellowware, bottle glass and redware with manganese glaze. 

Submitted by: 
Steve Santucci
West Morris Mendham HS history teacher
2nd Nj regiment, Maxwell's Brigade of the Continental line

Do you have an artifact photo? Please send it to ASNJ's Webmaster, Tabitha C. Hilliard at, subject heading "ASNJ" with a brief description of the photo and name of the photographer. ASNJ is seeking submissions for February and March of 2016! ~ TCHilliard

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Sean Bratton Memorial Fund - Details

Below is an excerpt from ASNJ's most recent newsletter, describing the Sean Bratton memorial fund. In the future, a web page will be offered on ASNJ's website that will contain all necessary information associated with this fund. Right click on the image below, select "open in a new tab" and then use the magnifying glass to zoom in and read the entire page in full.