Annual Conference

Each year the society holds a conference on South Carolina archaeology, focusing on the archaeological work being done within the state. In past years, the conferences has included professional presentations from professors and students from various colleges and universities in the South, local cultural resource management firms, nonprofessional archaeological enthusiasts, and more. The conference is free to members of the society, and $10 to nonmembers at the door. Please join us for future conferences!

43rd Annual Conference on SC Archaeology

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

43rd Annual Conference of the Archaeological Society for South Carolina
Preliminary Program
Columbia, South Carolina
February 18, 2017
Gambrell Hall, Room 153
University of South Carolina

8:00 am Registration and Spanish Mount Point Recovery, Artifact Exhibit Table by Karen Y. Smith

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 from Recent Developments

2:45 pm refreshment break

3:00 pm Joseph E. Wilkinson
Modeling Early Archaic Mobility and Subsistence: Quantifying Resource Cost and Risk

3:15 pm Jessica Cooper
Yadkin Technology and the Bow and Arrow in the Savannah River Valley

3:30 pm Christopher Judge
A Model for Evaluating the Hypothesized Decline in Basal Width of Triangular Projectile Points through Time: Early Woodland to Protohistoric.

3:45 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 (28AL23)

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

Past conferences:

ASSC 2016 Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology
Saturday, February 20th, 2016
University of South Carolina, Columbia
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Gambrell Hall, Room 153, University of South Carolina, Columbia
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This year’s conference theme is settlement archaeology in honor of the 450th anniversary of Santa Elena and will also feature presentations on current archaeological research in the state. Our keynote will be David G. Moore. He is a professor at Warren Wilson College and has done extensive excavations at the 16th century Berry site, a Spanish fort and Native American village in North Carolina.