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!

Fall Field Day Schedule!

One day away! Our official schedule is now available.

10:00 AM Civil War Battlefield Tour
10:15 AM Fire Demonstration with Fuz Sanderson
10:45 AM 12,000 Years of History with Scott Jones
11:45 AM Archaeological Tour of the Fort Congaree Site with James Stewart, Archaeologist
12:00 PM Fire Demo with Fuz Sanderson
1:15 PM Intro to Photogrammetry with Josh Chaplin
2:00 PM Native American Lifeways Tour

Keep up to date on the latest at our Facebook event page! 

Fall Field Day Coming Soon! Demonstrator list, directions, and more

When: September 29, 2018, 10 AM – 3 PM
Where: 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek
1120 Fort Congaree Trail
Cayce, South Carolina
Free Admission!

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.

This year our Annual Fall Field Day event will take place on September 29th in Cayce at the 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek! 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!

Current list of demonstrators:

Fuz Sanderson, wilderness and Earthskills instructor
Scott Jones, early technology and lifeways (Media Prehistoria)
SC DNR Heritage Trust Program
South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism – Archaeology
Seven Ages
South Carolina Archaeology Public Outreach Division
South Carolina Institute of Archaeology – Maritime Division
Native American Studies Center
Artifact Identification with Chris Judge

Food will be for sale by Los Chicanos Food Truck.
Featuring tours by members of the 12,000 Year History Park!

Directions to the event:
12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek
1120 Fort Congaree Trail
Cayce, SC 29033

From highway:
Take Exit 2 off I-77 toward SC-35/Cayce/W Columbia
Turn right onto Fort Congaree Trail and drive to the end.
Event begins at the end of the road. Parking is available along the road and in the field by the entrance.

From Cayce:
Turn on 12th st towards I-77.
Before I-77 is Fort Congaree Trail, turn left onto Fort Congaree Trail and drive to the end.
Event begins at the end of the road. Parking is available along the road and in the field by the entrance.

44th Annual Conference on SC Archaeology

No automatic alt text available.Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018
Time: 8 AM – 6 PM
Location: Gambrell Hall, Room 153, University of South Carolina, Columbia
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/214514045786369/

The 44th Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology will be held on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at USC-Columbia.

This year’s conference theme is the 50th Anniversary of the Archaeological Society of South Carolina and we are hoping to feature papers discussing the history of our Society and it’s various chapters, as well as our general session on SC archaeology.

This year’s keynote speakers will be Rita and Dan Elliot, affiliates with the LAMAR Institute and the Society for Georgia Archaeology. Rita and Dan will discuss the parallels between our two societies and will be bringing a very special guest, Abby the ArchaeoBus! The ArchaeoBus is Georgia’s mobile archaeology classroom and a traveling emissary for the Society for Georgia Archaeology and focused on bringing dynamic education programs to students and people around the state.

Registration for the conference will be on site and will be free for current ASSC members and $10 for non-members. We will also be signing up new members and taking membership renewals during the conference.

Stay tuned for more details about this year’s conference!

Call for Papers

We are currently accepting abstracts for the 44rd Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology. The conference will be held on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 in Gambrell Hall at USC.

Abstracts can be submitted for our general session on South Carolina archaeology. Please send your abstracts to our vice-president, Keith Stephenson at DKSTEPHE@mailbox.sc.edu

The deadline for submissions is February 2nd. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or email our president at the address above.

We hope to see you this February!

Welcome New Board Members!

We’re happy to announce that the following individuals will be on the ASSC Executive Board for 2018-19!

Vice President: David Gordon
Newsletter Editor: Keely Lewis
Member-at-large: Kelly Higgins
Member-at-large: Ashley Stewart
Member-at-large: Jessica Cooper
Member-at-large: Bach Pham
Student Representative: John Dodge

Keith Stephenson will be transitioning to our Presidential position for 2018-2019.

We want to thank our past board members for all their hard work the past two years:

Chan Funk, Ryan Sipe, Karen Smith, Walter B.J. Clifford, Josh Chaplin, and Pete Mayers.