Professor’s library talk to focus on state’s archaeological past

Courtesy of Monmouth University
Monmouth University professor Richard Veit is an expert in state history, Native Americans and archaeology.

The Mullica Hill library will explore the history of the state and the Delaware Valley with a free presentation on Thursday, March 28.

“Archaeology and the Delaware Indians” will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and offer insight – through archaeological findings – into Native American tribes that once inhabited the area. The speaker will be Dr. Richard Veit, a professor of anthropology at Monmouth University.

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Veit also teaches archaeology archaeology at Monmouth, and the topics of Native American history in the state and historic preservation are the focus of his several books. He has a bachelor’s from Drew University; a master’s in historical archaeology from the College of William and Mary; and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, according to the Monmouth University website.

Veit received the university’s distinguished teacher award in 2007 and its Donald Warnecke Award for outstanding service in 2012.

Some of the state-recognized tribes in Veit’s presentation, according to, are the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape, Powhatan Renape Nation, Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation and the Inter-Tribal American Indians of New Jersey.

The library presentation is a part of the New Jersey History Speaker Series, funded by a New Jersey Council for the Humanities grant.

“The purpose of the series is to provide patrons with opportunities to learn more about New Jersey’s history, especially as it relates to marginalized groups,” said the library’s Head of Adult Services, Andrew Brenza.

One topic already covered was George Washington’s history with the state at various stages of his life, including the Revolutionary War.

The library presentation is intended for teens 13 to 17 years old and adults. Registration is required in advance; participants can choose between attending in person or online through Zoom.

Find more information, visit the GCLS website. Online participants can go to the Zoom website.

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