by Bernard K. Means, Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory (VCL)
Today’s animation is a a Jack’s Reef Corner Notched point that has been modified to serve as a chess piece (the knight). It is from the Hoffman site, located in New Jersey and just east of Philadelphia. It was made available for scanning at the 2014 Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference by Jesse Walker of Richard Grubb & Associates. In a post for the 2012 Day of Archaeology, Jesse talked about the site:
In the evening of June 25, 2012, I edited a draft of a publication being prepared regarding a multi-component prehistoric site (28GL228) located in New Jersey immediately east of Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA). The article will be published in the journal entitled Archaeology of Eastern North America and presented at the 2012 Eastern States Archaeological Federation meeting in Ohio (USA). The data from 28GL228 provides insight into Native American culture in the Philadelphia region. This project is being conducted on a volunteer basis.
A news article on our archaeological chess sets can be found here.