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Digging for the Lenape at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Alan Cooper

On Sunday, October 10th at 2pm, the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts invites visitors to learn about the Basking Ridge Lenape Meadow Excavation with archaeologist, historian and teacher Dr. Alan Cooper.

Through a slide show presentation and using the actual artifacts found at the site in Basking Ridge, Dr. Alan Cooper will discuss the dig, his findings and the Lenape who once inhabited the area.

Dr. Alan Cooper has taught Latin and History at Morristown-Beard School for 27 years. Educated at Susquehanna University, SUNY Binghamton, Bryn Mawr, and West Virginia University, Dr. Cooper has participated in and directed excavations in Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Connecticut, West Virginia, and New Jersey.

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For the past 27 years, Dr. Cooper (now retired) directed the public archaeology program at the Somerset County (NJ) Park Commission’s Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge. The Lord Stirling Manor site produced structural and artifact material from the manor (c. 1762) and later occupations. Over 80,000 pieces of material were recovered and are being analyzed and prepared for publication. The Lenape Meadow excavation contained a Late Archaic-Early Woodland Indian village site (c. 6000-2000 years old). Both excavations attracted hundreds of school children and adults who learned the fundamentals of field archaeology as well as the collateral topics of historic preservation and natural resource depletion. During the summer, Dr. Cooper formerly conducted programs in archaeology for middle school children in East Amwell and Readington townships.

Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended; call 973-377-2982 x14. FREE!

Regular Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, students & children, and free for Members. Family maximum admission $13.00. The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and Sunday Noon to 5 P.M. Closed Monday & Major Holidays. (SUMMER HOURS- July & August, Tuesday – Saturday 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. Closed Sunday & Monday)

Housed in a 1900 Richardsonian-Romanesque Revival building listed on the National Register of Historic places, the Museum explores 18th- and 19th-century American history, with a focus on New Jersey. Drawing on its collection of over 8,000 hand tools and their products, METC uses material culture to interpret the lives and technologies of people who lived and worked before the rise of large-scale industrialization in this country. The Museum offers visitors of all ages a broad range of changing exhibits, and related programs that address many facets of early American history, craftsmanship, and the diversity of trades performed by men and women.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received a General Operating Support Grant from the Borough of Madison, Charles Read Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation and Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts received an operating support grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts is located at 9 Main Street in the heart of downtown Madison, just two blocks from the Madison train station. For information, please call 973-377-2982 x10 or visit our website at

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