The Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum and the Archaeology Society of New Jersey are conducting an archaeological dig at the museum’s Mt. Zion AME Church property on Hollow Road in Skillman from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 12.
Volunteers are needed to help archaeologists in their search for historic artifacts at the site. Volunteers will help with light digging and sifting.
“We are thrilled to sponsor an event that will engage the community in a hands-on, safe, educational experience,” said Caroline Katmann, executive director of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum.
Ian Burrow, a registered professional archaeologist and museum trustee, is working with Michael Gall, president of the Archaeology Society of New Jersey, to plan the dig. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum to work on a salvage archaeological dig with professional guidance from the Archaeology Society of New Jersey,” Burrow said.
Volunteers can sign up for one or more 45-minute shifts that begin at 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:15 a.m., and 11:45 a.m. Dec. 12 by emailing email@example.com. Volunteers age 12 and older are welcome. Volunteers who are minors must be accompanied by an adult.
All volunteers must sign a COVID-19 assessment form, a waiver, and a photograph and video release form before participating. All activities will follow CDC Guidelines for COVID safety. Volunteers should wear a mask, warm clothes, and strong shoes or boots, and be prepared to get dirty. Work gloves will be provided.
For more information about the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum, please visit www.ssaamuseum.org. Mt. Zion Church is located at 189 Hollow Road, Skillman, NJ 08558.