2020 Conference Keynote Speaker: Jodi Barnes

We’re excited to announce that Dr. Jodi A. Barnes will be our keynote speaker for the 2020 Annual Conference!

Jodi A. Barnes is an Associate Research Professor and Research Station Archeologist with the Arkansas Archeological Survey, a unit of the University of Arkansas system. She earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology from American University in Washington, DC and a Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of South Carolina.


After completing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of South Carolina, she worked as the Staff Archaeologist for the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Her current research focuses on the archaeologies of health and foodways at 19th century Hollywood Plantation and the material life of Camp Monticello, a World War II Italian prisoner of war camp. She is the editor of a thematic issue on the intimate archaeologies of World War II in the journal Historical Archaeology (2018) and The Materiality of Freedom (2011) and co-editor of Managing Cultural Resources: Global Context, National Programs, Local Actions (2008).

Presentation: Public Archaeology 2020: Arkansas as a Case Study
Jodi A. Barnes, Arkansas Archeological Survey

As the first formal public archaeology program in the United States, the Arkansas Archeological Survey “mutually assist[s] and cooperate[s] with the Arkansas Archeological Society in furthering the purposes of public archaeological education.” Founded in 1868, state legislation encourages the two organizations to work together. From the Annual Training Program, the certification and stewardship programs, the Endangered African-American Cemeteries Initiative, Archeology Month, and on-going programs at the ten regional offices, Arkansas archeologists involve the public in citizen science — collecting data, advancing scientific knowledge, and preserving the past. In this talk, Dr. Barnes will provide an overview of the history of Arkansas archeology and the ways advocationalist archaeologists have shaped the organization with recommendations for the future of public archaeology.

46th Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology – February 15, 2020

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WHEN: February 15, 2020
WHERE: Gambrell Hall, 817 Henderson Street
Columbia, S.C. 29208
TIME: 9 AM – 4 PM (time may be subject to change), Registration opens at 8:15 AM
COST: free for 2020 members, $10 for non-members. membership renewals/new applications will be taken at registration
The theme of this year’s conference is Avocational Archaeology. We will have presentations and discussions about avocational contributions to archaeology in the state of South Carolina. Including the conference theme, there will also be papers on historic and prehistoric archaeology in the state of South Carolina and across the Southeast.
Interested in presenting at the conference? Please email archaeologysocietysc@gmail.com with the name(s) of all contributors to the presentation, your paper title, and brief abstract by February 3, 2020.
Registration for the conference will be on site and free for current ASSC members, $10 for non-members. We will be signing up new members and taking membership renewals during the conference. For full membership details please visit https://archaeologysc.org/membership/

Call for Papers: 2020 ASSC Conference

We are currently accepting abstracts for the 46th Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology. The conference will be held on Saturday, February 15th, 2020 in Columbia, SC. 

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. 

We welcome not only general conference presentations, but also panel discussions, video, talkbacks, or other alternatives that would fit within our conference. 

Please send your abstracts to archaeologysocietysc@gmail.com by January 20th, 2020. 

Fall Field Day Schedule!

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Event Schedule
Hourly Fire Demonstration with Fuz Sanderson
10:15 AM – Bobby McLeod Musket Fire Demo*
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Archaeological Tour of the Fort Congaree Site with Archaeologist James Stewart**
11:30 AM – 12:00 AM – 12,000 Years of History with Scott Jones
12:45 PM – Bobby McLeod Musket Fire Demo*
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Civil War Battlefield Tour**
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM – 12,000 Years of History with Scott Jones

*Musket demo will involve loud noise. Please exercise caution during these times at the event if any attendees or animals are sensitive to loud noises. There may be additional demonstrations added during the day.

**Tour begins at the back of the event. Please talk to a person on staff to help direct you to the starting area. The tour is approximately a little over two miles long for the Battlefield Tour and nearly three miles for the archaeological tour. Please bring comfortable walking shoes and water. The entire tour is on a shaded paved pathway.

Preliminary Demonstrators for Fall Field Day 2019!

When: October 26, 2019, 10 AM – 3 PM
Where: 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek
1120 Fort Congaree Trail
Cayce, South Carolina

Heritage Trust – SC DNR
Warren Lasch Conservation Lab
South Carolina Archaeology Public Outreach Division
Fuz Sanderson – Earthskillse
Scott Jones – Media Prehistoria
Seven Ages
Chris Judge – Artifact ID and Native American Studies Center
Bobby McLeod – Reenactor
Columbia Gem and Mineral Society, Inc.
ASSC Chapters – Archaeological Society of South Carolina-Hilton Head Chapter

Announcing the SC Avocational Site Form

The South Carolina Avocational Site Database (SCASD) is a resource available to and designed for avocational archaeologists. The impetus and final form of this program came from discussions between avocational, professional, academic, non-profit and for-profit organizations and private individuals.

Visit the State Archaeologist page for more information along with access to the SC Avocational Site Form (found at the bottom of the page). 

Questions regarding the site form can be sent to Joseph Wilkinson.
Request for assistance or questions on related matters can be sent to SC State Archaeologist Jonathan Leader, PhD. 


2019 Fall Field Day

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October 26, 2019, 10 AM – 3 PM
12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek
1120 Fort Congaree Trail
Cayce, South Carolina

Each fall the Archaeology Society of South Carolina sponsors a free gathering of archaeologists, prehistoric and historic skills demonstrators, story tellers, and others, who present how the people of South Carolina’s distant and recent pasts experienced their daily lives through work, play, food, and community.

We are excited to announce that we will be returning to the 12,000 Year History Park on Congaree Creek for our annual Fall Field Day on October 26, 2019. Come visit us if you’ve ever wanted to learn how stone tools and pottery were made, to try throwing an atl-atl, or if you are interested in learning about active archaeological excavations occurring in our state!

Follow our Facebook event page for more information! We hope to see you there!