Sunday, December 31, 2017

Archaeological Society of New Jersey 
January 20, 2018 Meeting

Meeting date: 
Saturday January 20, 2018

The New Jersey State Museum (Auditorium), 
205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 

10:00am – 11:30am Board Meeting (Auditorium), All are welcome 

11:30 – 12:00 Elections and Awards (Auditorium) 

12:00 – 1:00 Break for Lunch (On your own) 

Lecture Series (Auditorium) 
1:00 – 1:15 Presidents Welcome 

1:15 – 1:35 “Not Unmindful of the Unfortunate”: Giving Voice to the Forgotten through Archaeology at the Orange Valley Slave Hospital, Trelawny, Jamaica. Authored by: Richard Veit, Nicky Kelly and Sean McHugh Presented by: Richard Veit, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Monmouth University 

1:35 – 1:55 “Down by the River – Archaeological Investigations in South Camden” Presented by: Ilene Grossman-Bailey, Senior Archaeologist, Richard Grubb and Associates 

1:55 – 2:15 “A Steatite Turtle Effigy Pipe from New Jersey” Presented by: Sevrie Corson, RPA 

2:15 – 4:00 Artifact Identification: bring your artifacts in to discuss and be identified (Auditorium) 

Free Parking behind museum and in parking area next to museum. 

For more information, contact Darryl Daum 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Thomas Edison Home Site, Archaeological Dig and Public Tours - followup

The ASNJ visited Menlo Park on September 23 and 24 in the hopes of finding the remains of Thomas Edison's home. This event attracted a high number of attendees from the community. Visitors were able to take a tour of the park and visit a mix-bag of professional and avocational archaeologists as they excavated the site. For more information about this project and what was found, check out the media coverage on this story by New Jersey News 12. The ASNJ would like to thank all of their participants in this program and especially thank the Middlesex County Office of Cultural Heritage and the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park for inviting us to assist with this public outreach event!

If you would like to volunteer with the ASNJ or if you want to learn more about New Jersey archaeology, you should consider joining the ASNJ. Check out all member benefits here.

Note: If you know of any other local media publications who covered this event or if you have additional photos of this event, please contact our webmaster at 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

UPDATE: Archaeological Society of New Jersey and Pinelands Commission Archaeological Symposium

Save the Date!

Date: October 21,2107
Time: 10-4
Place: New Jersey Pinelands Commission Headquarters
Richard J. Sullivan Center

UPDATE: Schedule posted as of 9/28/2017:

Archaeological Society of New Jersey and the Pinelands Commission
2017 Pinelands Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium
Terrence D. Moore Conference Room
Richard J. Sullivan Center for Environmental Policy and Education
15C Springfield Road, Pemberton, New Jersey,

Saturday, October 21st, 2017
10:00 AM-4:00 PM


10:00 AM-11:30 AM        ASNJ Board Meeting- ASNJ members - the public is welcome

11:30 AM-11:40 AM        Keynote Speaker- R. Alan Mounier

11:40 AM-12:00 PM        “A Forgotten Town on a Forgotten Road: The Archaeology of Pine Barrens Heritage at the Storied Cedar Bridge Tavern”- Richard Veit

12:00 PM-12:20 PM         “Heritage Creation in the Pine Barrens: Exploring Cultural Resources through Interviews on Participation
 And Meaning”- Holly Baldwin

12:20 PM- 12:40 PM        “28-CM-80: A Possible Early, Ephemeral Historic Settlement Site in Woodbine Borough”-R. Alan Mounier

12:40 PM-1:00 PM             Discussion for Morning Session

1:00 PM-1:45 PM              LUNCH/Live Music on the Porch by “North Branch  

1:50 PM- 2:25 PM             “Crossing the Pinelands: Revisiting Transmission Corridor Surveys and Predictive Modeling in Southern New Jersey”- Matt Tomaso

2:25 PM- 2:55 PM            “Prehistoric Settlement in the New Jersey Pinelands: A Reassessment”-Pat Hansell and Tony Ranere

2:55 PM- 3:15 PM            “Little Ease Headwaters Surface Geology and Archaeology Project, Preliminary Findings: A Three Dimensional View of a Coastal Plain Landscape and its Cultural Use Patterns…A Fresh Look at Old Stuff”- Joseph Arsenault
3:15 PM- 3:35 PM             “Dune Landforms and Two Enigmatic Prehistoric Archaic Manifestations on the New Jersey Coastal Plains”- Jack Cresson

3:35 PM-4:00 PM              Discussion for Afternoon Session

There is ample free parking and breakfast and lunch are included. The symposium is free of charge. Breakfast will be available at 9:30 - 10:00 am. Please RSVP if possible so there is a count for the refreshments. Walk Ins are also welcome. If you have questions or to RSVP please contact the symposium organizer:

Monday, September 11, 2017

Thomas Edison Home Site, Archaeological Dig and Public Tours

Join us (ASNJ, Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage, and the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park) as we search for Edison's home near the corner of Christie Street and Monmouth Avenue in Menlo Park, Edison Township on September 23 and 24 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Archaeologists will be searching for the house foundation and artifacts associated with Thomas Edison and his family. This is a public archaeology open house event. The public is welcome to join us on guided tours of the archaeological site, look at artifacts while they are being uncovered, learn the history of Thomas Edison's Menlo Park lab, and visit the Thomas Edison Memorial Tower and the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park. Society member volunteers will be needed for this event. Room permitting, members of the public may have the chance to help archaeologists look through sifting screenings for artifacts. For more information visit our sign up sheet and Society Member Volunteer's Needed page. For additional information on this event, please visit the Menlo Park Museum events page. In addition to working on the excavation, ASNJ will also be selling t-shirts (as supplies last) and society memberships.  

Read the press release about this event here.

Note: all ASNJ member volunteers must contact Michael Gall via email at to express interest in volunteering for this event and to confirm shift availability. Volunteers associated with ASNJ must be current ASNJ members.

Current ASNJ members can sign up for a shift here: Sign up Genius

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Upcoming Gloucester County Chapter Meeting

(ad pending)

Gloucester County Chapter

Wednesday, Sept 6 at 7:00PM
West Deptford Public Library
420 Crown Point Road, Thorofare, NJ

Guest: Alan Mounier, author of "Looking Beneath the Surface."

Mounier will present "Excavations at Berkley Square"
This prehistoric archaeological site is located south of east of Paulsboro. All are welcome to attend!(ad pending)

Monday, August 7, 2017

August 2017: Website Under Construction

ASNJ Fans and Members,

Our hosting platforms recently updated their code which had affected some of our website features. Our website will undergo repair this week, please stay tuned for updates. We apologize for the inconvenience.

ASNJ Webmaster

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

May Meeting -- Gloucester County Archaeology Day

When: Saturday May 20, 2017

Where: Red Bank Battlefield address: 100 Hessian Ave, National Park, NJ 08063

 Tours, provided by the Gloucester County parks service, will be available for the Whithall House and Red Bank Battlefield between 10:00am and 4:00pm.

The Gloucester County Historical Society museum will be open
from 10:00 am – 12:00.
Gloucester County Historical Society museum address:  58 N. Broad St., Woodbury, NJ 08096
Museum website:

 10:00-11:00:    Board Meeting (under the tent at Red Bank Battlefield next to the Whithall House)

 11:30 – 12:30 “As Long As I Have Served, I Have Not Yet Left A Battlefield In Such Deep Sorrow…”: A walking tour of the history and archaeology of Red Bank Battlefield Park.
Presented by: Wade P. Catts, RPA, Regional Director, Commonwealth Heritage Group, Inc.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.The archeology that will be discussed at this was funded by a grant from the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program.

 12:451:00      Opening Remarks and President’s Welcome
 Lecture Series
 1:00–1:30:       Prehistoric Archaeology near Red Bank Battlefield” Presented by: Jesse Walker, Senior Archaeologist, AECOM
1:30–2:00:       “Archaeology at the Woodbury Country Club” Presented by: Ilene Grossman-Bailey, Senior Archaeologist, Richard Grubb and Associates

The County of Gloucester complies with all state and federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality or sex in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services, activities or in its employment practices. In addition, Gloucester County encourages the participation of people with disabilities in its programs and activities and offers special services to all County residents 60 years of age and older. Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the EEO office at (856) 384-6903 or through the County’s ADA Coordinator at (856) 384-6842/New Jersey Relay Service 711.

The Whitall House and Red Bank Battlefield are services of the Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders
Robert M. Damminger, Freeholder Director
Giuseppe "Joe" Chila, Freeholder Deputy Director
Frank J. DiMarco, Freeholder Liaison

Friday, March 24, 2017

March 2017 Meeting Reminder

Archaeological Society of NJ March Meeting Meeting date: Saturday March 25, 2017 

Location: Tulpehaking Nature Center, part of John A. Roebling Memorial Park & 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.

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 “Race, Religion, and Cultural Duality: A Case from Delaware”: Michael Gall, RGA, Inc. 1:45 – 2:30 "A fresh look at Colline Blanche: A Canadian Lithic Quarry of Unusual and Spectacular Proportions" Presented by: Jack Cresson.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Artifact of the Month: February 2017

Photo Credit: Lauren Lembo
The artifact is an agate swirled thumb pot manufactured by the Akro Agate Company in Clarksburg, West Virginia between 1930 and 1951. These thump pot fragments were recovered in Freehold, NJ. The base of this Depression glass horticulture vessel is embossed with "U.S.A."

Thursday, January 26, 2017

January Meeting is Resechedued to February 18

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the January meeting at the NJSM had to be canceled. Thanks to the generosity and help of the NJSM and Dr. Gregory Lattanzi, the Curator of Archaeology and New Jersey State Archaeologist, the meeting has been rescheduled.

Rescheduled Meeting date: Saturday February 18, 2017
Location: The New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton NJ

10:00 – 11:30am Board Meeting (Auditorium), All are welcome

11:30 12:15 Break for Lunch (On your own)

12:20 – 1:00 Elections and awards (Auditorium)

Lecture Series (Auditorium)
1:10 – 1:30 “Morristown National Historical Park , The Civilian Conservation Corps and Archaeology” Presented by: Steve Santucci

1:30 – 2:10 “Searching for the “Lighthouse Fort and the Refugee Town” on Sandy Hook, A Story of Archaeological Research” Presented by: Richard Veit, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Monmouth University & Sean McHugh, RPA., Richard Grubb and Associates

2:10-4:00 Artifact Identification: bring your artifacts in to discuss and be identified (Auditorium)

Free Parking behind museum and in parking area next to museum.
For more information, contact Darryl Daum

Wednesday, January 18, 2017


A Note from ASNJ's Webmaster,
There is a Women's March on Trenton scheduled for January 21 between 10AM and 1PM. According to the event facebook page, there are 1,500 people confirmed attendees and an additional 2,800 who may attend. Such high attendance will likely restrict parking for those planning to attend our meeting this weekend. We are also concerned about traffic volume near the NJ State Museum. For these reasons, we have decided to cancel the meeting. We are still discussing the possibility of re-scheduling this event. We apologize for the last minute notice and hope that this has not caused you a great inconvenience. Please stay tuned for further details.
Thank you!

Monday, January 2, 2017

ASNJ January Meeting

Archaeological Society of NJ January Meeting
Meeting date: Saturday January 21, 2017 - CANCELED (STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION)
Location: The New Jersey State Museum

10:00 – 11:30am Board Meeting (Auditorium), All are welcome

11:3 12:15  Break for Lunch (On your own)

12:20 – 1:00 Elections and awards (Auditorium)

Lecture Series (Auditorium) 
 1:10 – 1:30 “Morristown National Historical Park ,  The Civilian Conservation Corps and Archaeology” Presented by: Steve Santucci

1:30 – 2:10 Searching for the “Lighthouse Fort and the Refugee Town” on Sandy Hook, A Story of Archaeological Research” Presented by: Richard Veit, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Monmouth University & Sean McHugh, RPA., Richard Grubb and Associates

2:10-4:00  Artifact Identification: bring your artifacts in to discuss and be identified (Auditorium)
Free Parking behind museum and in parking area next to museum. 
For more information, contact Darryl Daum