Archaeology Day for Veterans
at Red Bank Battlefield Park
Saturday June 10, 2023, 9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
100 Hessian Avenue, National Park, NJ 08063
Thank You to all the Veterans who participated!
The day was beautiful, turn out was incredible. Featured activities included excavation, screening, metal detecting, and geophysics. Native American ceramics and Revolutionary War musket balls were among the artifacts unearthed. Veterans and their families learned archaeology from professionals. Congratulations to all participants.
Stay tuned for Archaeology Day 2024!!
Located along the banks of the Delaware River, Red Bank Battlefield Park consists of Whitall House, the adjacent battlefield and remains of earthen Fort Mercer. This setting was the backdrop of the Battle of Red Bank during the Revolutionary War in October 1777.
The park features the remnants of the trenches and cannons used by American soldiers against a much larger British and Hessian force. Currently, the house and battlefield are part of the Gloucester County Parks system. The park features picnic pavilions and a scenic path along the Delaware. Tours and activities for Veterans and their families (children 5YO+) will be offered during the day.
Archaeology Day for Veterans is a part of a larger program of excavation investigating Fort Mercer, its interior and construction, changes over time, post-Revolution use of the site, presence of Native American artifacts, and battle related artifacts. One June 10, there will be two sessions: 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. Participants may attend one or both sessions. Veterans will help dig, work with specialists, and process artifacts (screening and washing). Come prepared to get dirty.