Archaeology in the Parks: Hampton Plantation State Historic Site

Our last entry in the Archaeology in the Parks series features the ongoing work at Hampton Plantation State Historic Site by SC State Parks Archaeologist Stacey Young. Hampton Plantation State Historic Site is located along Wambaw Creek on the South Santee River. Hampton functioned as a rice plantation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries under … Continue reading Archaeology in the Parks: Hampton Plantation State Historic Site

Archaeology in the Parks: Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

We continue our ongoing park series with a blog entry by Charles Towne Landing Archaeologist Nicole Isenbarger. In April 1670, a group of English colonists and enslaved Africans landed and established a small town settlement at Albemarle Point, a secluded bluff located directly across the Ashley River from the peninsula of present-day Charleston. Charles Towne, … Continue reading Archaeology in the Parks: Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

Archaeology in the Parks: Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

Today we continue our ongoing park series with a blog entry by Dorchester State Park Archaeologist Mary Wightman. Figure. Photograph of the brick bell tower of St. George’s Anglican Church at Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site. From 1697 until the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the trading town of Dorchester flourished along the Ashley River, … Continue reading Archaeology in the Parks: Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

Archaeology in the Parks: With a Big Help From Our Volunteers

South Carolina State Parks, Recreation and Tourism By Stacey Young, State Park ArchaeologistSouth Carolina State Parks had its beginnings in the 1930s when the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) constructed 16 parks located in various regions throughout the State. Currently, South Carolina State Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (SCPRT) manages over 80,000-acres of land which is comprised of … Continue reading Archaeology in the Parks: With a Big Help From Our Volunteers

Avocational Archaeology in Action: Drew Ruddy, the Avocational Underwater Archaeologist

In our latest Avocational Archaeology in Action post, State Underwater Archaeologist Jim Spirek talks about the significant contributions avocational archaeologist Drew Ruddy has had on underwater archaeology in South Carolina over the years. Drew photographing a SCIAA underwater archaeological site collection (SCIAA image). Since the late 1960s, Drew Ruddy has been instrumental in discovering, reporting, … Continue reading Avocational Archaeology in Action: Drew Ruddy, the Avocational Underwater Archaeologist

Behind the Scenes: Warren Lasch Conservation Center on Excavating Block Lifts

Content courtesy of Warren Lasch Conservation Center. Visit their Facebook page and website for more info!In recent months, the conservation and archaeological teams from the Warren Lasch Conservation Center (WLCC) have been excavating block lifts removed from H.L. Hunley. The block-lifting technique consisted of probing the sediment and dividing the areas along major bone groups … Continue reading Behind the Scenes: Warren Lasch Conservation Center on Excavating Block Lifts