Van Reyper-Bond House Archaeological Investigation

Class in Archaeological Field Methods (ANTH470)

For the second year, the Department of Anthropology and Center for Heritage and Archaeological Studies (CHAS) sponsored archaeological investigations at the Van Reyper-Bond House located on the campus of Montclair State University. The house is listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places and was constructed in 1872. It was one of the prominent houses that formed Speertown, an early Dutch community in the area of present-day Upper Montclair. Under the direction of Dr. Peter Siegel, Associate Professor of Anthropology, students gained direct hands-on experience in conducting background research into the Van Reyper and Bond families by visiting the State Historic Preservation Office, New Jersey State Museum, the NJ State Library, and the State Archives, all in Trenton, and the Hall of Records in Newark.  In addition, students learned to use survey equipment in establishing excavation grids, proper methods of archaeological excavation, and artifact-processing techniques.

CHAS and Anthropology sponsored an open house on June 5 for community and University members to view the excavations in progress and to hear a lecture by Dr. Siegel. Faculty and students from several departments attended as did interested people from the community. For further information about the project and class please contact Dr. Siegel (tel. 973-655-3415 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            973-655-3415      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, e-mail: and for information about CHAS contact Dr. Timothy Renner, Director (tel. 973-655-7420 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            973-655-7420      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, e-mail: