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!

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/

Call for Papers – ASSC Conference 2019

We are currently accepting abstracts for the 45th Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology.
 
The conference will be held on Saturday, February 16th, 2019. The theme for this year’s conference is “Heritage at Risk: Coastal Erosion of Archaeological Sites in
South Carolina.”
 
Please send your abstracts to archaeologysocietysc@gmail.com by February 1, 2019. We look forward to seeing you then!
 

Now Accepting Grant-in-Aid Applications for 2019

The Archaeological Society of South Carolina offers grants-in-aid up to $1,000 to any graduate student working on a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation that addresses the archaeology of South Carolina, both historic and prehistoric as well as terrestrial and underwater.

Applicants, head to our application page to learn about the application details and apply today.

We would like to take a moment to thank long time ASSC member Don Rosick for his generous donation over the past year to help fund the continuation of the Grant-in-Aid program.

The ASSC Grant-in-Aid program has helped provide $28,000 over the past 27 years to help support more than 50 student research projects in the state of South Carolina. This program would not be possible without the long term support of our society members. If you would like to donate to Grant-in-Aid, visit our donation page for more details.

The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2019.

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.