Lecture: ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE DELAWARE INDIANS, A 12,000 YEAR ODYSSEY
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ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE DELAWARE INDIANS, A 12,000 YEAR ODYSSEY
This heavily illustrated presentation examines New Jersey’s rich Native American heritage. It begins with a discussion of the sources archaeologists use to inform their work, including artifacts, archaeological sites, colonial documents, and oral histories. Then, using a series of case studies the cultural history of the region is examined from the earliest Paleoindian pathfinders over 10,000 years ago through to the Lenape of the historic period. We see the changing lifestyles of New Jersey’s native inhabitants as the environment they lived in slowly evolved. The experience of the Lenape in the historic period is also examined through a series of case studies. The presence and continuing importance of Native Americans to the region today is also discussed.
This presentation will be given by Dr. Richard Veit, Professor of Anthropology at Monmouth University
Richard Veit is President of the firm, Richard Veit, Archaeologist LLC. A registered professional archaeologist. He is also a professor in the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University and serves as Interim Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Veit received his BA in Anthropology with a minor in History, summa cum laude, from Drew University (1990), his MA in Historical Archaeology from the College of William and Mary (1991), and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania (1997). His research focuses on historical archaeology in the Middle Atlantic region from the late 17th through 19th centuries. He has over thirty years of experience participating in and directing archaeological projects in the Northeast and has served as an officer of He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and six scholarly books.