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For Immediate Release
August 15, 2018
5th Annual Cemetery Seminar
Saturday September 15, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
Contact: Hunterdon County Historical Society, Patricia Millen @ 908-782-1091
“Indian Burial Vaults in Hunterdon County?"
Sponsored by the Hunterdon County Historical Society (HCHS) and the 300th Committee, this fifth
annual cemetery seminar, “Suspected Indian Burial Vaults in Hunterdon County" will be held
Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10:30 until 1:30 pm at the Presbyterian Church, 10 East
Main Street in Flemington, NJ.
This year’s seminar will explore recent research on Native Americans in Hunterdon County that led
to the rediscovery of a possible Indian burial ground on Cushetunk Mountain. The guest lecturer is
Dr. Gregory Herman, geologist and professor at Raritan Valley Community College and the College
of NJ. Dr. Herman began researching Native Americans in Hunterdon County when compiling a
photographic inventory of the HCHS archeological collection in 2017.
While the nature of the mounds awaits confirmation through professional archeological work, this
fascinating lecture will provide photographic evidence of the stone mounds and their spatial
context using GPS, laser-derived terrain maps, and Google Earth. Historical accounts and
descriptions of the suspected burial vaults will be placed into context with the first recorded
English expedition into Hunterdon County sometime between 1648 and 1655.
The lecture will be followed by a lunch provided by Jersey Mike’s. Registration is required; $10 by
mail to Cemetery Committee, Hunterdon County Historical Society, 114 Main Street, Flemington, NJ
08822, or register online: www.hunterdon300th.org.
The Hunterdon County Historical Society received an operating support re-grant from the
Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission, with funds from the New Jersey Historical
Commission, a division of the Department of State.
I attended this talk. It was interesting and thought-provoking, but far from convincing. As the speaker candidly said, much more research is needed before any firm conclusions can be reached. He is a geologist--not an anthropologist or archaeologist or historian--so some of his internet research came up with some information long known to be bogus, such as the DNA theories of Donald "Panther" Yates and the idea that the Susquehannocks were a vanished race of giants. However, some of his documentary citations and all his field work were intriguing. I guess we'll gain more insight, in the years to come.