Here are some GREAT READS we recommend:
"Musket Ball and Small Shot Identification: A Guide", By Daniel Sivilich. (Signed copies available from the author on Ebay) - "In the past, an excavated musket ball might simply have been catalogued as either a “spherical lead bullet” or an “impacted bullet.” But each recovered ball, far from being a mere lump of lead, is a part of history and has a story to tell. With the help of new equipment and research techniques, and an increase in discoveries, these narratives can finally contribute exacting detail to the historical record. Battlefield archaeologist Daniel M. Sivilich provides readers with the tools and techniques to unlock the stories of small shot in this book, the first definitive guide to identifying musket balls, from the oldest formed to those fired in the early nineteenth century."
"Muskets of the Revolution and the French & Indian Wars", by Bill Ahearn.
"A Guide to Artifacts of Colonial America", by Ivor N.Hume.
"Camp Vredenburg in the Civil War", by David G. Martin.
"Military Buttons of the Revolutionary War", by Don Troiani.
"Private Yankee Doodle", by Joseph Plum Martin. Published account of the life of a private in the Continental Army during the Revoulationary War.
"Digging New Jersey's Past - Historical Archaeology in the Garden State", by Richard Veit.
"Fields of Conflict Battlefield Archaeology from the Roman Empire to the Korean War", by Doug Scott, Lawrence Babits, and Charles Haecker (eds).
"A Billy Yank Govenor", by Bernard Olsen. An interesting account of the life and times of Civil War soldier and turn-of-the-century NJ governor Franklin Murphy.
"Uncovering History: Archaeological Investigations at the Little Bighorn", By Doug Scott. In Uncovering History, renowned archaeologist Douglas D. Scott offers a comprehensive account of investigations at the Little Bighorn, from the earliest collecting efforts to early-twentieth-century findings.
"Battlefield Archaeology of the English Civil War", by Glenn Foard. This book demonstrates how major advances in the understanding of historic battles can be achieved through the application of the techniques of archaeology alongside those of military history, to exploit these neglected sets of evidence. It also provides examples of how results can be improved through the application of scientific expertise, in fields such as ballistics.