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

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:

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
Gambrell Hall, Room 412, USC
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.


Final Program for the ASSC Conference

43rd Annual Conference of the Archaeological Society for South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina

February 18, 2017
Gambrell Hall, Room 153
University of South Carolina

Click here to see all abstracts for this year’s conference.

8:00 am Registration

Karen Y. Smith
Spanish Mount Point Recovery, Artifact Exhibit Table

Palmer, David
Poster presentation: Archaeological Investigation of the Brookgreen Plantation, South Carolina: Early Results of the May 2016 Coastal Carolina University-Brookgreen Gardens Field School

9:00 am David Jones
Archaeological Investigations in South Carolina State Parks: A Review of the Fires Extinguished, and the Ones Inadvertently Started!

9:15 am Nicole Isenbarger
Digging Deeper: New Beginnings in the Colonial History of South Carolina

9:30 am Larry James
The Archaeological Investigation of St. George Parish Church and Church Yard, Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, Summerville, SC

9:45 am Mary Mikulla
Exploring Life in Colonial Dorchester: Providing Opportunities for Public Education and Engagement

10:00 am refreshment break

10:15 am Stacey L. Young
Hampton Plantation State Historic Site: 1971-2017 a Compilation

10:30 am Brooke Brilliant
Sherd is the Word: A Summary of Current Colonoware Research from Hampton Plantation State Park

10:45 am Susan J. Bergeron
Virtual Heritage and Spatial Storytelling: Developing the Virtual Hampton Immersive Exploration Platform

11:00 am Lamar Nelson
Walkers Mill and the Recovery of the Running Stone

11:15 am Dan Bell
Who is Buried in Beaufort?

11:30 am to 1:00 pm lunch break

1:00 to 1:30 pm business meeting and awards

1:30 pm Jamie Koelker
From Screen to Screen: Growing Your Community with Video

1:45 pm Natalie A. Pope, Tracy Martin, and Bill Green
Blacksmithing for Fun and Profit: Archaeological Investigations at 31NH755

2:00 pm Al Goodyear
Brier Creek as a Locality in the Allendale-Brier Creek Clovis Complex

2:15 pm Bob Costello
Surface Archaeology of Upper Lake Marion, a Retrospective and Recent Developments

2:30 pm Joseph E. Wilkinson
Modeling Early Archaic Mobility and Subsistence: Quantifying Resource Cost and Risk

2:45 pm Jessica Cooper
Yadkin Technology and the Bow and Arrow in the Savannah River Valley

3:00 pm refreshment break

3:15 pm Christopher Judge
A Model for Evaluating the Hypothesized Decline in Basal Width of Triangular Projectile Points through Time: Early Woodland to Protohistoric

3:30 pm Martin P. Walker and David G. Anderson
The Atlantic Slope Late Precontact Research Project: Updates on the Late Precontact Occupations at the Topper Site (38AL23)

3:45 pm Lamar Nelson
The Fisher Site and its Mysteries

4:00 to 5:00 pm Keynote Speakers, Martha A. Zierden and Elizabeth J. Reitz
Provisioning the City: Foodways in Charleston as Revealed through Archaeology