Digging New Jersey's Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State

Digging New Jersey's Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State

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by Richard F. Veit, Richard Veit
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0813531136

ISBN-13: 9780813531137

Pub. Date: 08/07/2002

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

When people think of archaeology, they commonly think of unearthing the remains of ancient civilizations in Egypt, Greece, Rome, Central or South America. But some fascinating history can be found in your own New Jersey backyard—if you know where to look.

Richard Veit takes readers on a well-organized guided tour through four hundred years of Garden State

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When people think of archaeology, they commonly think of unearthing the remains of ancient civilizations in Egypt, Greece, Rome, Central or South America. But some fascinating history can be found in your own New Jersey backyard—if you know where to look.

Richard Veit takes readers on a well-organized guided tour through four hundred years of Garden State development as seen through archaeology in Digging New Jerseys Past. This illustrated guidebook takes readers to some of the states most interesting discoveries and tells us what has been learned or is being learned from them. The diverse array of archaeological sites, drawn from all parts of the state, includes a seventeenth-century Dutch trading post, the site of the Battle of Monmouth, the gravemarkers of freed slaves, and a 1920s railroad roundhouse, among others.

Veit begins by explaining what archaeologists do: How do they know where to dig? What sites are likely to yield important information? How do archaeologists excavate a site? How are artifacts cataloged, stored, and interpreted? He then moves through the states history, from the contact of first peoples and explorers, to colonial homesteads, Revolutionary War battlefields, cemeteries, railroads, and factories. Veit concludes with some thoughts about the future of archaeological research in New Jersey and with suggestions on ways that interested individuals can become involved in the field.

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ISBN-13:
9780813531137
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/07/2002
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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Digging New Jersey's Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
marvn More than 1 year ago
Engaging read about well-known and not-so-well-known places in New Jersey - how and why they are explored by professionals and amateurs alike. Professor Veit introduces some archeological terms and techniques, then takes the reader to various places in NJ - an island, a potential murder site, a train yard, factories, and so many others - in quest of a fuller picture of New Jersey's past and its people. Have already lent it to a metal detector enthusiast after explaining how amateur detectors helped unravel the specifics of the Battle of Monmouth. Down to earth (no pun intended), easily-understandable, interesting look into New Jersey's rich history. For teens and up.