July 9th, 2014
I work as a professional archaeologist and I’m active on the board of the Archaeological Society of NJ. Today my work combined field work and office work. I performed a pedestrian reconnaissance of a location proposed for a bridge replacement in a rural part of Burlington County, New Jersey that is still very close to areas that have undergone significant development. The project requires an archaeological survey under New Jersey laws protecting freshwater wetlands. I walked over the entire project area and took photos. I looked at the topographic relief, setting, vegetation cover, and levels of disturbance, in order to assess the potential for prehistoric and historic archaeological resources. I spoke with a colleague about prehistoric sites in the vicinity of the project site. This afternoon, I examined historic maps and wrote up the field work portion of my report. Another aspect of an archaeological practice involves teaching and to that end I reviewed texts and articles, including a fascinating one about Richard III’s remains found in a car park in the UK, for an upcoming Spring 2015 Introduction to Archaeology class. I also looked over the results of a local dig I did with volunteers in my town in Bucks County last month toward writing up the results and planning the next dig day.
Ilene Grossman-Bailey, Ph.D., RPA
Richard Grubb & Associates, Inc.
Cranbury New Jersey (USA)
July 9th, 2014