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

Grant-in-Aid Deadline for 2017 – February 10, 2017

For students working on archaeology in state of South Carolina, the deadline for applying to the ASSC Grant-in-Aid will be February 10th. Please head to our Grant-in-Aid page to learn more and apply.

The Archaeological Society of South Carolina sponsors a Graduate Student Grant-in-Aid program to provide assistance to deserving graduate students furthering the cause of South Carolina archaeology.

Call for Papers


Chester DePratter presenting his keynote speech in our 2015 annual conference.

We are currently accepting abstracts for the 43rd Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology. The conference will be held on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 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 4th. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below or email our vice-president at the address above.

We hope to see you this February!

43rd Annual Conference Announcement

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time: 8 AM – 4 PM
Location: Gambrell Hall, Room 153, University of South Carolina, Columbia
Facebook Event Page:

Each year the Archaeological Society of South Carolina holds a conference on South Carolina archaeology, focusing on the current archaeological work being done within the state.

This year’s conference theme is State Park Archaeology and, as always the conference will feature a session on this theme as well as a general session on SC archaeology.

This year’s Keynote speakers are Martha Zierden and Elizabeth Reitz, authors of the recently published book “Charleston: An Archaeology of Life in a Coastal Community.”

More details about the Conference will be posted here as they are finalized.

For more info, please check out our Facebook event page here:



2016 Fall Field Day Announcement

We are excited to announce that this year’s annual Fall Field Day will be at USC Aiken during their 31st annual Science Education Enrichment Day (SEED)! SEED is an annual event at Aiken featuring a diverse array of science activities from all over the south. We are thrilled to be joining this wonderful event and hope all of you can join us in Aiken this October!

2016 Fall Field Day
USC Aiken
October 1, 2016
10 AM – 3 PM

S.E.E.D. 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.

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!