October 2019 Quarterly Meeting Agenda

Meeting date: Saturday October 19, 2019

Location: Washington's Headquarters Museum and Ford Mansion

Address: 30 Washington Place, Morristown NJ 07960

Link: Ford Mansion - Washington's Headquarters - Morristown National Historical Park (U.S. National Park Service)


10:30am – 12:00am Board Meeting downstairs in the Headquarters building. All are welcome.

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

Lecture Series in Auditorium
 

1:00 – 1:15      Presidents Welcome 

1:15 – 1:45 “Hidden Archaeological Treasures of Morristown National Historical Park” –Presented by: Steve Santucci, West Morris Mendham High School, ASNJ Board Member, MNHP Volunteer. 

1:45 – 2:15 “The Avalon Old Bridge Prehistoric Site (28-Mi-275)”–Presented by: Lauren Lembo, MA, RPA

2:15 – 2:45 "Salvage Archaeology at the Hendrickson Farm" – Presented by: Kristen T. Hohn, MA, RPA

3:00– 4:00 Guided tour of mansion for ASNJ members only. Please RSVP Darryl Daum (ddaum3@gmail.com) if you would like to attend this tour. The tour can only accommodate 20 people so the first 20 to respond will be able to attend. 

Note: some GPS apps and devices do not have this address correctly mapped. If it looks like it's taking you to downtown Morristown or to our larger Jockey Hollow area, try using our directions listed at the bottom of this program.

Members are encouraged to park in the lower parking lot. The board meeting entrance is in the rear of building closest to the lower lot.

For more information, contact Darryl Daum [ddaum3@gmail.com]

For Driving Directions, click Read More:

Hendrickson Volunteer Dig (Middletown, NJ) Acknowlegements

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This weekend the ASNJ and Monmouth University teamed up to conduct a salvage archaeology project at the Hendrickson Farm in Middletown, Monmouth County, NJ. The project was directed by Monmouth County Park System and ASNJ member Kristen Norbut. Numerous ASNJ members and Monmouth University students assisted with the dig. Richard Veit took dendrochronology samples and Adam Heinrich gathered measurements for a future 3D render of the building. We had a successful day on Saturday, having excavated three units (2 3-foot square units and 1 five-foot square unit). Several features were identified, included a probable early 19th-century smokehouse foundation. We are really excited to see Kristen's forthcoming interpretations compiled from gathered data, historical research, and artifact analysis. 

Thanks to all. It was so great digging with you on such a beautiful weekend day. 

Sincerely,

Michael Gall
ASNJ President

William Green House: Archaeological Volunteer Dig and Site Tour Rescheduled

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Due to rain, the volunteer archaeological dig at the William Green house on the TCNJ campus set for tomorrow (Friday, April 26), has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 30, from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Please contact Dr. George Leader if you are interested in attending at georgemleader@gmail.com.

Read the original posting here for more details.

Hendrickson Volunteer Dig (Middletown, NJ) - May 11-12, 2019

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The ASNJ is participating in a two-day volunteer salvage archaeology dig on May 11-12, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and needs your help. This dig is only available to current members of the society and we are seeking up to 7 individuals to help in each of the time slots being offered. Time slots will be from 9:00-1:00 (May 11), 1:00-5:00 (May 11), 9:00-1:00 (May 12), 1:00-5:00 (May 12). Tools will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own trowels if you have them. If there is a rain day, the dig will be canceled for that day. 

The dig site is at 1275 Greenoak Boulevard, Middletown, Monmouth County, NJ, at the Hendrickson House, a mid-18th-century dwelling that may have an older 17th-century core. We expect to find lots of fantastic early artifacts that will help us better understand colonial settlement in Middletown, NJ. The salvage archaeology project will include the hand excavation of up to three (3) 1 meter square units to investigate for early artifacts and features. 

Please bring sunscreen, plenty of water, and a snack/lunch. Parking will be available along the curb.  Please reach out to me at mjgall79@yahoo.com if you have any questions or sign up if you are interested in participating.

March 2019 Quarterly Meeting Acknowledgements

Our March 16th meeting was very well attended by society members. Dr. Michael Stewart presented a fantastic synopsis of his lengthy, well-sourced and recently completed radiocarbon project for the Upper Delaware Valley for Pre-Contact period archaeological resources. The breadth of Dr. Stewart's project is significant and covers New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. The study was completed for the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office. Dr. Stewart presented several highlights from the project. 

Matthew Del Guercio, a student at Monmouth University, spoke to society members about the uses of Geographic Information System (GIS) applications for mapping and refining the potential location eighteenth-century occupation areas referenced historic maps within the Manor of Tinton, an enormous estate owned by the Morris family in Tinton Falls, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Matthew's work highlights the advantages of using GIS technology to refine areas of archaeological sensitivity for historic period archaeological sites. 

Richard Adamczyk, a Monmouth University Graduate Student, provided the audience with a refreshing examination and analysis of Pre-Contact period artifacts collected by avocational archaeologists along the beach of Keyport in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Richard's study breathes new life into a decades-old collection, underscores the merits of reexamining avocational archaeologists' collections and highlights the richness of coastal occupations by Pre-Contact period Native American groups.

The final paper was presented by Jesse Walker of AECOM, who provided a close look at site 28-SA-117, a Pre-Contact period archaeological site in Salem County along the Salem River. Mr. Walker compared the results from this extensively sampled site with other sites in the Salem River watershed to assess inter site connections, group mobility, and resource procurement in the watershed.

William Green House: Archaeological Volunteer Dig and Site Tour - April 26th, 2019

UPDATE

Due to rain, the volunteer archaeological dig at the William Green house on the TCNJ campus set for tomorrow (Friday, April 26), has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 30, from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

Please contact Dr. George Leader if you are interested in attending at georgemleader@gmail.com.


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Archaeologists will be excavating at the William Green House on The College of New Jersey campus this spring.  On April 26th, The College of New Jersey Archaeological Field School Director Dr. George Leader welcomes 5-10 volunteers from the Archaeological Society of New Jersey to learn about the history of the William Green House and participate in some archaeological excavations. This will be a first come-first serve event for Society members. To sign up as a volunteer and for more specific information on the event (time and location), please contact Dr. George Leader at georgemleader@gmail.com.

March 2019 Quarterly Meeting Agenda

Archaeological Society of New Jersey March Meeting

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Meeting date: Saturday March 16, 2019

Location: Tulpehaking Nature Center, part of the John A. Roebling
Memorial Park and Abbott Farm Archaeological Site

Address: 157 Westcott Ave. Hamilton, NJ

Link: http://mercercountyparks.org/facilities/tulpehaking-nature-center


11:00am – 12:00pm Board Meeting. All are welcome. 

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

Lecture Series
 

1:00 – 1:15      Presidents Welcome 

1:15 – 1:45  “Highlights of the Upper Delaware Valley Radiocarbon Project” – Presented by: R. Michael Stewart, Ph.D. 

1:45 – 2:15  "Map of the Manor of Tinton: GIS and Historical Archaeology in Tinton Falls, New Jersey" - Presented by: Matthew Del Guercio

2:15 – 2:45  Break 

2:45 – 3:15  "An Analysis of Prehistoric Artifacts Recovered from the Beach of Keyport, NJ" - Presented by: Richard Adamczyk, Monmouth University.  

3:15 – 3:45 “Salem River PreContact Archaeology: Insights from 28Sa117” – Presented by: Jesse Walker, AECOM.

For more information, contact Darryl Daum [ddaum3@gmail.com]

Gloucester County Chapter: March 2019 Meeting

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The next meeting of the Gloucester C. Chapter of the ASNJ will be:

Jack Cresson: Fire & Quartzite: Testing Experiments in Quartzite in tool stone & the use of Fire in Quarry Extraction

Wednesday March 6 at 7pm
West Deptford Public Library
420 Crown Point Rd
Thorofare, NJ 08086

Open to the public: Free admission

January 2019 Quarterly Meeting Acknowledgements

Our January meeting was an exciting event. The New Jersey State Museum hosted our meeting. Many members attended the meeting. Several members were acknowledged for their hard work and support of our organization. Sevrie Corson and Darryl Daum received Appreciation Awards, Sabrina Madjeski earned a Merit Award, and David Mudge was given a Lifetime Achievement Award. Two lucky members were the high bidders on 29 Bulletins and 88 Newsletters, both of which will make excellent additions to the bidders' libraries. Jack Cresson and James Lee were elected as Members at Large for the term of 2019-2021.  Veronica Ditko, Jack Cresson, Richard Veit, and Casey Hanna presented very interesting papers to the society. The topics included Monte Kahn, a New Jersey resident, swindler and high society mingler; experimental archaeology using fire and water as prehistoric quartzite quarry extraction techniques; and archaeology of mutiny through an examination of the Pennsylvania Line's 1780-1781 camp at Morristown, NJ.  Numerous people brought artifact collections for examination, including prehistoric assemblages from Old Bridge, Middlesex County; and interesting artifact samples from the I-95 project in Philadelphia.

January 2019 Quarterly Meeting Agenda

Archaeological Society of New Jersey January Meeting

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Meeting date: Saturday January 19, 2019

Location: The New Jersey State Museum (Auditorium)

Address: 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  “The Archaeology of Mutiny: Excavations at the Pennsylvania Line’s 1780-1781 Camp, Morristown, New Jersey” - Presented by: Richard Veit, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Monmouth University and Casey Hanna 

1:35 – 1:55  “Fire and Quartzite: Testing Experiments in Quartzite toolstone and the use of fire in quarry extraction techniques.”- Presented by: Jack Cresson 

1:55 – 2:15   "Monti Kahn: Con Man or Crusader of Jews in Victorian New Jersey." 

-    Presented by: Veronica MacDonald Ditko, Researcher, Writer and Historian 

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 [ddaum3@gmail.com]

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 mjgall79@yahoo.com 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


Follow Up - October 9, 2017

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 asnjwebmaster@gmail.com.