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.