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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
 

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813531120
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2002
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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"Archaeology: the word brings to mind thoughts of adventure in exotic lands fraught with danger. Thanks in large part to Steven Spielberg's character, Indiana Jones, archaeologists are often perceived as dashing characters wearing fedoras or pith helmets and armed with whips. I, for one, have never had the opportunity to use a whip in a professional capacity. Adventure and intrigue are only the tip of the archeological iceberg." --from Digging New Jersey's Past

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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.
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
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