Virtual 47th Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology Announcement

Greetings ASSC Members,

We are now one year into a global pandemic, and although things are finally beginning to look up with more and more vaccines rolling out, it seems like we still have a long way to go before large in-person gatherings, like our annual conference, will be safe again. Given this, the ASSC Board has come to the difficult decision that holding our 47th Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology in-person will not be possible. However, don’t fret because we are currently planning to take our conference virtual!  Building on the success of our 2020 Virtual Fall Field Day, we are working hard to bring you the same great presentations on SC archaeology and hopefully also keep the camaraderie and social aspects of our annual meeting intact. 

Our Virtual Conference will take place on Saturday March, 13th 2021, live on our YouTube page. Similar to a normal conference schedule, each presentation will premiere at set times throughout the day. During each premiere a live chat window will be available for questions and discussion with the presenter and fellow society members.

Conference Theme: A History of Fishing in South Carolina

This year’s conference and 2021 South Carolina Archaeology Month theme was developed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Archaeology team and will highlight “A History of Fishing in South Carolina.” This theme will explore the material culture of fishing and also showcase how the practice and technology of fishing has stayed relatively constant over the centuries and globally.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Cranford, Assistant State Archaeologist, North Carolina Office of State Archaeology (OSA)

David J. Cranford joined the OSA in March 2018 as an Assistant State Archaeologist. He provides environmental review and technical assistance for counties in the Southern Piedmont, as well as promotes public outreach and education of archaeology across the state. In addition, David manages the North Carolina Fish Weir Archaeological Project and is a member of the OSA scientific diving program. Dr. Cranford’s keynote address will discuss his work with the North Carolina Fish Weir Archaeological Project.

Please stay tuned to our emails and Facebook page for more conference updates! 

If you would like to present at this year’s conference, please see the call for papers below. 

Call for Papers

The Archaeological Society of South Carolina is currently accepting abstracts for the 47th Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology, to be held virtually on Saturday, March 13th. The theme of this year’s conference is “The History of Fishing in South Carolina”, but we are also accepting proposals on any topic concerning historic or prehistoric archaeology in the state of South Carolina and across the Southeast. Presentations will be pre-recorded and uploaded to the Society’s YouTube page. Each presentation will premiere at  designated times and a live chat will be included that will allow each presenter to answer questions during their presentation.

If you are interested in presenting, please email with a brief abstract, by February 22nd.  Presentations should be about 15-20 minutes long and can be recorded through whatever means works for you. We recommend using Zoom so that you can easily share any PowerPoint slides or other visuals to aid your presentation. A guide for using zoom to record presentations is attached to this email. All recorded presentations must be received by Monday March 8th to allow us time to upload.


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.


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