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Richard Veit, Ph.D.

  • Associate Dean
  • Professor

Department: School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: Plangere Center 122

Phone: 732-263-5699


Richard Veit is Professor of Anthropology and Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University. He received his B.A. from Drew University in 1990, his M.A. in Historical Archaeology from the College of William and Mary in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. In 2007 he was the recipient of Monmouth University’s distinguished teacher award and in 2012 he received Monmouth University’s Donald Warnecke Award for outstanding university service. At Monmouth he teaches courses on archaeology, historical archaeology, New Jersey history, Native Americans, and historic preservation. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and reviews and five books including Digging New Jersey’s Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State (Rutgers Press 2002), New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones History in the Landscape (co-authored by Mark Nonestied, Rutgers Press 2008), New Jersey: A History of the Garden State (co-authored with Maxine Lurie, Rutgers Press 2012), Historical Archaeology of the Delaware Valley (co-edited with David Orr, U. Tennessee Press 2014) and The Archaeology of American Cemeteries and Gravemarkers (co-authored with Sherene Baugher, U. Florida Press, 2014).

His first book, Digging New Jersey’s Past, received awards from the New Jersey Historic Preservation Office, New Jersey Academic Studies Alliance, and the New Jersey Center for the Book at Rutgers University. Two of his books, Digging New Jersey’s Past and New Jersey: A History of the Garden State are listed on the New Jersey State library’s 101 Great New Jersey books list. He serves on the New Jersey Historical Commission and on the boards of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology, Crossroads of the American Revolution, and the Archaeological Society of New Jersey. He is the President of the Middle Atlantic Archaeological Conference. His work research has been featured on NPR, in Archaeology Magazine and at TEDx Navesink in 2014.


Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

Historical Archaeology, North American Indians, Gravemarkers and Commemoration, Vernacular Architecture, Military Sites Archaeology

Research Projects:  Joseph Bonaparte’s Point Breeze, Archaeology of the Philadelphia Lazaretto, Dutch-American farms in Colonial New Jersey


2014    The Archaeology of Cemeteries and Gravemarkers . University of Florida Press, Tallahassee.  Co-authored with Dr. Sherene Baugher, Cornell University.

2014       The Historical Archaeology of the Delaware Valley, 1600-1820. University of Tennessee Press. Co-edited with Dr. David Orr, Temple University.

2012       New Jersey, a New History of the Garden State .  Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Co-edited with Dr. Maxine Lurie, Seton Hall University.

2011       Perspectives from Historical Archaeology: Religious Sites in Historical Archaeology.  Society for Historical Archaeology. Co edited with Dr. Alasdair Brooks, University of Leicester, UK.

2008       New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones: History in the Landscape.  Co-authored with Mark Nonestied, Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick. Winner of New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance best scholarly book author’s award.

2002       Digging New Jersey’s Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State.  Rutgers University Press, New Brunswick. Recipient of a State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection Historic Preservation Award and New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance, Best Non-Fiction Book Award.

Scholarly Articles

2009       Historical Archaeology of Religious Sites and Cemeteries.  Historical Archaeology 43(1). Guest Editor with Sherene B. Baugher and Gerard P. Scharfenberger.

Neat and Artificial Pipes: Base Metal Trade Pipes of the Northeastern IndiansFirst author with Charles Bello, in The Culture of Smoking: Recent Developments in the Archaeology of Smoking Pipes, pp.185-206, edited by Sean M. Rafferty and Rob Mann, University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville.

More Precious than Gold: A Preliminary Study of the Varieties and Distribution of Pre-Contact Copper Artifacts in New Jersey. Archaeology of Eastern North America 32:73-88. First author with Gregory Lattanzi and Charles Bello.

Taken for Granite: Terracotta Grave markers from New Jersey and New York. in Ceramics in America 2003, First author with Mark Nonestied, edited by Robert Hunter, pp. 172-195, Chipstone Foundation and University Press of New England, Hanover, NH, and London.

Rethinking the Mengkom-Mixing Bowl: Salvage Archaeology at the Johannes Luyster House, A Dutch-American Farm. Second author with Gerard Scharfenberger. Northeast Historical Archaeology 30-31:53-72.

Tokens of Their Love: Interpreting Native American Grave Goods from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. First author with Charles Bello. Archaeology of Eastern North America 29:47-64.

Contact and Early Historic Period Archaeology in the Delaware Valley (Guest Editor) Journal of Middle Atlantic Archaeology 15.


Past winner of the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Scholarly Interests

Historical Archaeology, North American Prehistory, Northeastern United States and Jamaica


Recently Taught Classes

2023 Summer B

  • Field Methods in Archaeology – AN 520

2023 Spring

2022 Fall

  • Cultural Resource Management Practicum – AN 533

2022 Summer B

  • Field Methods in Archaeology – AN 520

2022 Spring

  • Archaeological Theory – AN 503

2021 Fall

2021 Summer B

2021 Spring

  • New Jersey History: a Mirror on America – HS 203

2020 Fall

2020 Summer D

  • Archaeological Theory – AN 503

2020 Summer B

  • Maritime History/Underwater Archaeology – AN 278

2020 Spring

Frequently Taught Classes