Archaeological Testing

Archaeologists and teen volunteers dug sixty-three small pits across the area. The artifacts recovered from these pits, along with the feel and composition of the soil, helped archaeologists understand the ancestors of today’s Piscataway Indians, who inhabited these lands centuries before.

What Did Archaeologists Find Here?

Over two hundred and fifteen artifacts were found representing three distinct time periods spanning Piscataway Indian, Colonial, and Early American Periods (1000 BC to the 1900s).  

 What Does This Mean?

Although archaeologists originally found evidence of a small colonial site, the artifact count was small and scattered. Furthermore, as the Tribes of the Piscataway Confederacy relocated village sites on a reoccurring basis, archaeological evidence suggesting this was the site of a former village has not been identified or confirmed to date. However, there were village sites nearby.