Welcome to the Archaeological Society of South Carolina, Inc.

The Archaeological Society of South Carolina has been in operation since 1968. Our goal is to share information about South Carolina’s archaeological heritage. We do this through our annual conference, which is held in the Spring, a Fall Field Day event, a quarterly newsletter, and via the internet with this website and our Facebook page.

Interested in becoming a member? Each membership includes:
  • an annual copy of the journal, South Carolina Antiquities
  • the quarterly newsletter, Features and Profile
Get involved in archaeology by joining the Archaeological Society of South Carolina. Head over to our “Become a Member” page and sign up now!

Call for Papers: 2020 ASSC Conference

We are currently accepting abstracts for the 46th Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology. The conference will be held on Saturday, February 15th, 2020 in Columbia, SC. 
 

Each year the society holds a conference on South Carolina archaeology, focusing on the archaeological work being done within the state. In past years, the conferences has included professional presentations from professors and students from various colleges and universities in the South, local cultural resource management firms, nonprofessional archaeological enthusiasts, and more. 

We welcome not only general conference presentations, but also panel discussions, video, talkbacks, or other alternatives that would fit within our conference. 

Please send your abstracts to archaeologysocietysc@gmail.com by January 20th, 2020. 

Fall Field Day Schedule!

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Event Schedule
Hourly Fire Demonstration with Fuz Sanderson
10:15 AM – Bobby McLeod Musket Fire Demo*
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Archaeological Tour of the Fort Congaree Site with Archaeologist James Stewart**
11:30 AM – 12:00 AM – 12,000 Years of History with Scott Jones
12:45 PM – Bobby McLeod Musket Fire Demo*
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Civil War Battlefield Tour**
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM – 12,000 Years of History with Scott Jones

*Musket demo will involve loud noise. Please exercise caution during these times at the event if any attendees or animals are sensitive to loud noises. There may be additional demonstrations added during the day.

**Tour begins at the back of the event. Please talk to a person on staff to help direct you to the starting area. The tour is approximately a little over two miles long for the Battlefield Tour and nearly three miles for the archaeological tour. Please bring comfortable walking shoes and water. The entire tour is on a shaded paved pathway.

Preliminary Demonstrators for Fall Field Day 2019!

When: October 26, 2019, 10 AM – 3 PM
Where: 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek
1120 Fort Congaree Trail
Cayce, South Carolina

Heritage Trust – SC DNR
Warren Lasch Conservation Lab
South Carolina Archaeology Public Outreach Division
Fuz Sanderson – Earthskillse
Scott Jones – Media Prehistoria
Seven Ages
Chris Judge – Artifact ID and Native American Studies Center
Bobby McLeod – Reenactor
Columbia Gem and Mineral Society, Inc.
ASSC Chapters – Archaeological Society of South Carolina-Hilton Head Chapter

Announcing the SC Avocational Site Form

The South Carolina Avocational Site Database (SCASD) is a resource available to and designed for avocational archaeologists. The impetus and final form of this program came from discussions between avocational, professional, academic, non-profit and for-profit organizations and private individuals.

Visit the State Archaeologist page for more information along with access to the SC Avocational Site Form (found at the bottom of the page). 

Questions regarding the site form can be sent to Joseph Wilkinson.
Request for assistance or questions on related matters can be sent to SC State Archaeologist Jonathan Leader, PhD. 

 

2019 Fall Field Day

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When:
October 26, 2019, 10 AM – 3 PM
Where: 
12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek
1120 Fort Congaree Trail
Cayce, South Carolina

Each fall the Archaeology Society of South Carolina sponsors a free gathering of archaeologists, prehistoric and historic skills demonstrators, story tellers, and others, who present how the people of South Carolina’s distant and recent pasts experienced their daily lives through work, play, food, and community.

We are excited to announce that we will be returning to the 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek for our annual Fall Field Day on October 26, 2019. Come visit us if you’ve ever wanted to learn how stone tools and pottery were made, to try throwing an atl-atl, or if you are interested in learning about active archaeological excavations occurring in our state!

Follow our Facebook event page for more information! We hope to see you there!

45th ASSC Conference Schedule

45th Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology
February 16th, 2019
Schedule of Events

8:15-9:00              Registration

9:00-9:20              Welcome and Introduction by President Keith Stephenson

Morning Session

“Heritage at Risk: Coastal Erosion of Archaeological Sites in South Carolina”

9:20-9:40              Positive and Negative Impacts on Archaeological Research Resulting from Erosion along the Upper Lake Marion Shoreline, by Robert C. Costello (Division of Science, Mathematics, and Engineering, University of South Carolina, Sumter)

9:40-10:00           Is it a Funding Problem, or Do We Just Not Give a Shit? by David Jones (South Carolina State Parks)

10:00-10:20         Break

10:20-10:40         Our Heritage at Risk: Archaeological Salvage of Two Late Archaic Period Shell-Bearing

Sites on Edisto Island, South Carolina, by Karen Y. Smith, Meg Gaillard, David Jones, and Sean Taylor (South Carolina Department of Natural Resources)

Keynote Presentation

10:40-11:40         Climate Change and Cultural Response: The Future of South Carolina Archaeology, by David G. Anderson (University of Tennessee)

11:40-12:00         Presentation of Awards and DNR Recognition

12:00-1:30           Lunch

Afternoon Session

1:30-1:50              The Office of the South Carolina State Archaeologist Introduces the Avocational Site Form, by Joseph E. Wilkinson (South Carolina Department of Archives and History), Christopher Judge (Native American Studies Center, University of South Carolina, Lancaster) and Jonathan Leader (South Carolina State Archaeologist)

1:50-2:10            Bascom Points and Caches and their Possible Role in the Terminal Late Archaic in Georgia and South Carolina, by Albert C. Goodyear (South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of South Carolina, Columbia)

2:10-2:30           Archaeological Research on the Brookgreen Rice Plantation, 2016-2018 Findings Update, by David T. Palmer (Coastal Carolina University)

2:30-2:50             Analysis of Wood Charcoal from Brookgreen Rice Plantation, by Steven Luse (Coastal Carolina University)

2:50-3:10             Archaeology 2.0: Anthropology and Outreach in the Internet Age, by Jason Pentrail, James Waldo and Micah Hanks (Seven Ages Research Associates)

3:10-3:30              Break

3:30-3:50              South Carolina- Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Cooperative Agreement Final Results, by James D. Spirek (South Carolina State Underwater Archaeologist)

3:50-4:10              Pro-Social Archaeology in South Carolina: Archaeology as Interface for Slave Descendants, the Public and Enlightened Racial Discourse at Historic Brattonsville, by J. Christopher Gillam and Richard J. Chacon (Winthrop University, Rock Hill)

4:10-4:30              Archaeological Evidence of Coal Use at the Founding of Clemson Agricultural College, by Grace A. Lockett and David M. Markus (Clemson University)

4:30-4:50              Procurement and Consumption: Preliminary Analyses of Foodways at Stono Plantation, by Brandy Joy (University of South Carolina Columbia)

4:50-5:10              ASSC Business Meeting

5:10-5:20              Concluding remarks by President Stephenson

 

45th Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology – Details

WHEN: February 16, 2019
WHERE: Gambrell Hall, 817 Henderson Street
Columbia, S.C. 29208
TIME: 9 AM – 4 PM (time may be subject to change)
COST: free for 2019 members, $10 for non-members
 
The theme of this year’s conference is “Heritage at Risk: Coastal Erosion of Archaeological Sites in South Carolina.” A keynote will be given by David Anderson, who will be speaking on coastal erosion in the broader Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plains.
 
There will also be papers on historic and prehistoric archaeology in the state of South Carolina and across the Southeast.
 
Interested in presenting at the conference? Please email archaeologysocietysc@gmail.com with your paper title and brief abstract by February 1, 2019.
 
Registration for the conference will be on site and free for current ASSC members, $10 for non-members. We will be signing up new members and taking membership renewals during the conference. For full membership details please visit https://archaeologysc.org/membership/