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!

44th Annual Conference on SC Archaeology

No automatic alt text available.Date: Saturday, February 17, 2017
Time: 8 AM – 4 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, 2017 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.

Announcing our 2017 Fall Field Day!

We are excited to announce that this year’s annual Fall Field Day will return to USC Aiken during their 32nd annual Science Education Enrichment Day (SEED)! SEED is an annual event at USC Aiken featuring a diverse array of science activities from all over the south. We are thrilled to once again be joining this wonderful event and hope all of you can join us again in Aiken this October!

USC Aiken SEED Event, October 7 10 AM – 3 PM
471 University Pkwy, Aiken, South Carolina 29801

SEED is the CSRA’s premier STEM festival hosted by the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center to provide stimulating and relevant STEM experiences. For more information on SEED, please visit their event page here: http://rpsec.usca.edu/seed/

Click Interested or Going on our event page on Facebook to keep up with all of the details!

 

February 17th, 2017: USC Anthropology Department Colloquium with Conference Keynote Speakers Elizabeth J. Reitz and Martha A. Zierden

cowWhat: Colloquium talk at the USC department of anthropology
Where:
Gambrell Hall, Room 412, USC
When:
3:00 PM

Our keynote speakers will be visiting the USC department of anthropology on February 17th to give a lecture on “Cattle Bones and Lineage in Charleston, SC.” Please come join us for this free lecture. Information on the talk below:

European colonists settling Carolina in the late 17th century encountered a bountiful land. The colonists immediately planted herds of domestic cattle and they thrived in the pinewoods, canebrakes, and marshes of the lowcountry. The free-ranging cattle were tough, resourceful, and adapted to hot, humid environments where pasturage was scarce.

Three decades of archaeological excavation and zooarchaeological analysis of sites in the city demonstrates that the lowcountry diet was dominated by beef.  Information on the lineage of Carolina cattle is derived from measurements of complete bones and analysis of recovered horn cores.  These ongoing studies suggest the lineage of Carolina cattle was diverse, and Charleston cattle do not conform to a standard breed.  Archaeological and documentary evidence suggests this diversity derives in part from the mixing of animals from Spanish Florida with English stock through raids, trade, and the capture of feral cattle.