Battle of Red Bank Archaeology Project

  • Red Bank Battlefield Archaeology Project

Battle of Red Bank Archaeology Project

A remarkable discovery

During the summer of 2022, the skeletal remains of multiple individuals were discovered in a shallow mass grave at Red Bank Battlefield Park in Gloucester County’s National Park.

Believed by historians and archaeologists to be the remains of Hessian soldiers killed during the Battle of Red Bank in 1777, the remains were uncovered during a public archaeology dig at the battlefield. The remains were excavated and taken to the New Jersey State Police Forensic Unit for study to help researchers identify their origin, to help tell the story of the lives lost, and, possibly eventually, to even find their descendants.

The project is led by History Professor Jennifer Janofsky, director of Red Bank National Park and the Megan Giordano Fellow in Public History at Rowan.