Battlefield Restoration & Archaeological Volunteer Organization
Archaeology - Historic Preservation - Public Education
Welcome to BRAVO, a nonprofit organization whose members are interested in the preservation and correct interpretation of New Jersey's historical past.
BRAVO volunteers gain a great deal of archaeological experience working at various sites throughout New Jersey as well as in other states and countries, but our main focus is battlefield archaeology. Through the use of metal detectors, total station laser transits, and standard archaeological work, we are uncovering clues to the state's past and correcting many misconceptions in written history.
Our ongoing project is an archaeological investigation into the Battle of Monmouth in Freehold, NJ, one of the most important battles of the Revolutionary War. A very large, lengthy and bloody battle, it was at Monmouth that General George Washington relieved Major General Charles Lee of his command. Letters sent between the two officers clearly illustrate the tension caused by Lee's poor judgment in that fateful battle on June 28, 1778. Monmouth is also the battle at which Mary Hays ("Molly Pitcher") gained fame by carrying water and ammunition to a cannon in Proctor's Pennsylvania artillery.
Monmouth Battlefield State Park's 1,818 acres contain an extremely diverse archaeological history. Besides the Battle of Monmouth, the park is also home to Camp Vredenberg (a Civil War training camp) active from 1862 - 1864, the 18th century Parsonage farmstead, and a number of major Native American camps dating back to the paleolithic period.
IIn addition to working at Monmouth Battlefield, BRAVO helps finance its activities through contract archaeology, working with many archaeologists and giving us many unique opportunities to get a first-hand look into the past.
NOTE: Unfortunatly BRAVO's membership has reached maximum capacity. We are not currently accepting any new members.
Tour our web site to witness some of the exciting discoveries we have made at Monmouth Battlefield and other interesting sites in New Jersey. Take a look at how our finds are continuing to rewrite the history of this famous Revolutionary War battle - step back in time to a more accurate account of the Battle of Monmouth.