Greetings, and welcome to the New Jersey Archaeology blog! I am the Registrar for the Bureau of Archaeology & Ethnography at the New Jersey State Museum. This blog will be an opportunity for me and my colleagues to share with you our passion for New Jersey Archaeology and the collections at the New Jersey State Museum.
The New Jersey State Museum was established in 1895. Its Mission is to inspire innovation and lifelong learning through collections, research, exhibitions and programs in science, history and art. NJSM engages visitors of all ages and diverse backgrounds in an exploration of New Jersey’s cultural and natural history presented within a global context, fosters state pride, and serves as a cultivator of tomorrow’s leaders.
The Bureau of Archaeology & Ethnography consists of over two million artifacts from New Jersey that cover the entire span of human occupation from prehistoric times through to the 19th century. These collections are the result of nearly 100 years of professional excavations by Museum staff and archaeologists throughout the state. Our collections also include over 3,500 ethnographic objects collected by New Jersey residents from across the United States and from around the world.
My name is Jim and in the coming months and years, I hope that we can tell a variety of stories about the people behind New Jersey archaeology, the important role that the New Jersey State Museum has had in its development, as well as highlight some of the ethnographic collections and stories of the people who made and used these fascinating objects. Along the way, I will be asking our interns, volunteers, and especially our Assistant Curators Karen Flinn and Gregory Lattanzi, Ph.D. to help tell these stories and share a bit of what goes on behind the scenes here at the Museum.
I look forward to sharing our collections and stories with you,