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History Revealed In Piscatawaytown and Edison

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Archaeologists reveal the past at Edison's Piscatawaytown on Woodbridge Avenue. Credits: www.internment.net
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Edison, NJ  - The Middlesex County Office of Cultural and Heritage, in partnership with the Archaeological Society of New Jersey, is proud to present a unique public archaeology event at one of the earliest English settlement sites in Middlesex County.

This excavation will be held at the areas surrounding the Piscatawaytown Burial Ground and St. James Episcopal Church located at 2316 Woodbridge Ave. in Edison.

The two consecutive dates for the event are Saturday, Sept. 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. The event will take place rain or shine.

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The remnants of the Piscataway village and town commons can still be seen in modern Edison Township. Settled in the late 1600s by New Englanders, this historic site once consisted of a town hall, militia training ground, stockade, jail, church, burial ground and houses.

Visitors will be able to participate in field work, under the supervision of professional archaeologists, in the quest to uncover remains of the original village in two predetermined dig locations.

In addition to the chance to aid the archaeologists, this program will include guided tours of historic St. James Episcopal Church and the Piscatawaytown Burial Ground.

Members of the Metuchen-Edison Historical Society will host a display featuring earlier research completed at the site.

Since 1931, the Archaeological Society of New Jersey has sponsored events like this one to promote archeology, support preservation of important archaeological sites and artifacts and to assist in investigation and interpretation using approved, professional methods.

Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios said, “Events like these are a great way to learn about local history firsthand. I applaud the Office of Cultural and Heritage for allowing so many to get so close to the authentic history of Middlesex County.”

Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, chair of the Business Development and Education Committee, said, “This is a unique and very educational opportunity for anyone interested in archaeology, history and culture. I can’t wait to see what the participants uncover.”

This event is held free of charge and prior registration is NOT required. Parking is available at the rear of St. James Church along Germantown Avenue. Call (732) 745-3030, ext. 310 for directions or information.

Persons with hearing disabilities may dial (732) 745-3888 (TTY users only) or 711, the New Jersey Relay System. The site is on uneven ground and every attempt will be made to accommodate individuals with mobility issues. An American Sign Language Interpreter can be provided with a two-week advance request. 

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