Volunteering

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.

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.

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.