THE 35TH DAY T MINUS ONE TWENTY-EIGHT: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, THE LOST QUARRIES OF THE LENAPE AND THE ARGILLITE PEOPLE

One, Wherein we excerpt from Bulletin 9, A Preliminary Report of the Archaeology Survey of the State of New Jersey Made by the Department of Anthropology in the American Museum of Natural History, Wissler, C., Skinner, A., Schrabisch, M., State Geological Survey, State Printers, 1913.

Two, the State of New Jersey, is a rather complicated entity, antediluvian in-fact, below the state commissions an investigation to determine the archaeological history of Native Americans in the state and does so in the language of distinguished gentlemen, we proceed below,

Three, we here in these papers find many curious and likely true facts on the history of the Lenape and the state of New Jersey archaeologically, furthermore we find a contradiction with the following text of the report in the Letter of Transmittal, wherein “From the data at hand it appears that the surface sites so far reported are rare except on restricted areas in the northern, central and southern parts of the State. Since this corresponds with the distribution of the Lenape Indians during the early settlement period, we may conclude that practically all such surface archaeological remains belong to the historic Indian and his immediate ancestor. We have not thought it necessary to take up the question as to the probability of a pre-Indian population in the Trenton valley and elsewhere…”,

Four, “…since such distinguished men as Dr. C. C. Abbott, Professor F. W. Putnam, and Ernest Volk have given years of patient investigation to that problem. Suffice it to say that our preliminary work brought to light no positive new traces of such a pre-Indian culture.”

Five, except they did just that, indeed we find the three layers hypothesis front and center of the inquiry, one, “the indisputable remains of the historic Delaware Indians;” two, the argillite people whose tools are found in the second layer of yellow soil below the Lenape, and three, the rougher artifacts of the earlier paleolithic peoples that are found in the river gravels, indeed these are true facts of the claim set forth and these paleolithic Indians are indeed the very same Paleo Indians of the Archaic Periods that were spoken of in regard to the Turkey Swamp site, furthermore in the years following 1913, it would become clear that pre-Indian cultures would be found and done so by not their surficial structures but by their tools and implements, just so, they already know and what was set forth was known to the laity in the vicinity that many layers of three types of people across the land, two of which would be pre era of the Lenape, and we do not now have three distinct layers apart from the Lenape because the State of New Jersey has failed to distinguish any time period before the Lenape as not the Lenape, prima facie, there is no known start to the torturous lost history of Native American man in this case, aside from the Walam Olum as prior stated,

Six, we turn to the modern era and the archaeological survey done before road construction in the vicinity of Princeton, New Jersey, Supplemental Phase I/II/III/IV Archaeological Evaluations of Three Sites, Route U.S. 1

Seven, what do they find, “The region was inhabited by Native American populations for approximately 12,000 years prior to European contact. The prehistoric era has been divided into Paleo-Indian, Early through Late Archaic, Terminal Archaic, and Early through Late Woodland Periods, differentiated on the basis of artifact technology and style, subsistence and settlement patterns, and social organization.”

Eight, we become aware that camel allegedly existed in North America at one point, really now,

Nine, one possibly Paleo-Indian fluted point was found, argillite artifact indeed in the argillite layer and in very close proximity to the source of argillite in the region,

Ten, the Turkey Swamp site is referenced in the context of Paleo-Indian and Early Archaic sites in the region, and more up date Cavallo papers are referenced, note the radiocarbon dates now into ninth millennium B.C.,

Eleven, Late Archaic, Terminal Archaic, Woodland, prehistoric, whatever that means exactly, Early Archaic, Middle Archaic, Early, Middle and Late Woodland, contact period, domestic items from the recent past, all terms used to describe artifacts that were dated in the survey and do indeed approximate three layers of history, the argillite point maybe found, maybe not, and the argillite effigy face from the Turkey Swamp site do indeed hint at a layer of argillite, furthermore the surmise of 1913 does hold up in the end and these analyses tool further core samples of the soil and revealed three layers to the local vicinity of West Windsor, New Jersey, County Mercer, our favorite place, the point of these points is to establish the three layers of New Jersey archaeology, approximately paleolithic, archaic and woodland, over and out.

Twelve, returning to Bulletin 9, we are told that artificial Native American burial mounds do not exist in New Jersey, most curious indeed,

Thirteen, On Lenape burial, “The bare skeletons when exhumed often look abnormally large to the inexperienced amateur archaeologist, and hence have given rise to weird tales of a gigantic race. Artificial burial mounds do not exist in New Jersey. They are frequently reported, but investigation has invariably shown that the Indians have made use of a natural elevation for their interments. No earthworks or mounds of aboriginal manufacture are known in the State, popular tradition to the contrary notwithstanding.” The party line is set forth.

Fourteen, we have found copper, see below,

Fifteen, on the scarcity of copper in State and their disposition at Cambridge,

Sixteen, The Walam Olum and the Lenape’s presumed origins in Labrador, an enticing lead on the Maritime Archaic peoples and the mound of L’Anse Amour from the mid-sixth millenium B.C.,

Seventeen, the lost quarry of the Lenape and the argillite people before, note on the quarry long theorized by the author to be Sourland Mountain,