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