Excerpt from A Preliminary Report of the Archaeological Survey of the State of New Jersey: Made by the Department of Anthropology in the American Museum of Natural History
In April, 1912, the Legislature by an item in the supplemental appropriation bill, authorized the commencement of Archaeological investigations under the direction of the Board of Managers of the Geological Survey. The appropriation made was very small but through cooperation with the Department of Anthropology', American Museum of Natural History, it was possible to expend this amount to great advantage. Nearly one thousand sites, camps, burial grounds and rock shelters were located and are noted in the following pages. Considering the small amount of money available, the progress made is very gratifying. This was due largely to the willingness of many persons to furnish the Survey full information regarding sites known to them. To Messrs. Schrabisch, C. C. Abbott, Edmund Shimp and R. W. Emerson in particular, the Survey is indebted for many facts, the result of years of study by each in the valley of Passaic River, the vicinity of Trenton and the vicinity of Bridgeton respectively.
In addition to the lists of sites given in the report, Mr. Skinner has kindly prepared a preliminary chapter dealing with the types of Indian remains found in New Jersey. Non-technical readers will find in this resume much information on this subject, while to those more skilled in the science, it may contain considerable of interest. It is, of course, to be understood that in his treatment of any questions about which there may be a difference of opinion among archaeologists, the author is expressing his individual views.
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