Noted Archaeologist to Open History Rocks Exhibit at Historical Society

The grand opening of History Rocks: Interpreting the Archaeological Discoveries of Moorestown will kick off on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Smith-Cadbury Mansion.

The grand opening of History Rocks: Interpreting the Archaeological Discoveries of Moorestown will kick off on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Smith-Cadbury Mansion located at 12 High Street. There will be a presentation by noted local archaeologist Jack Cresson, who will provide live demonstrations of Native American tool and weapon-making techniques.

The History Rocks exhibit, to run through June 2017, will feature selections from the over 100 prehistoric artifacts retrieved in the Madeira I and II digs which took place near Oldershaw Avenue in Moorestown four years ago. These artifacts, many of which originated in the Early Woodland Period dating back thousands of years, will be supplemented by many other items discovered at other times by Jack Cresson in the Moorestown area.

Among the artifacts slated for display — in a variety of colors, materials, sizes, and stages of perfection or erosion — are beautiful projectile points (some almost pristine), ax heads, fire-cracked rock, ceramic fragments, pestles, and tubular pieces of siltstone thought to be from some sort of pipe.

Jack Cresson has been an archaeologist “in the field” for over 40 years. He serves on the executive board of the Archaeological Society of New Jersey, and is a co-founder of the Society of Primitive Technology, as well as of Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeology (RE-ARC). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award last year from the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference.

Admission to History Rocks is free, and it is appropriate for all ages.

For further information contact Elizabeth J. Rosenthal, Publicity Chair, Historical Society of Moorestown, at ejrose@aol.com.