Friday, May 17, 2013

Tuesday May 21: ASSC Hilton Head presents Sport Diving and Archaeology

ASSC Hilton Head Chapter- presents

Ashley Deming - Sport Diving and Archaeology

Tues. May 21st- 2 pm

The Archaeology Society of SC/Hilton Head Chapter is pleased to announce that Ashley Deming, Manager, Sport Diver Archaeology Management Program. An archaeologist with the Maritime Research Division, she will speak on Hilton Head Tuesday, May 21st at Discovery House, Coastal Discovery Museum on Honey Horn Plantation starting at 2:00 PM. All ASSC/HH meetings are free and open to the public.

Deming received a BA in Anthropology from Western Michigan University. After finishing her degree, she went to work as an Education and Outreach Specialist for Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan. She then obtained a MA in Maritime Archaeology and History from the University of Bristol in Bristol, England.

From the SCIAA field office in Charleston, Ashley focuses on public archaeology and outreach as well as managing the Hobby Diver licensing program. Ashley is also the maritime archaeologist on staff for the Charleston field office.

This meeting is particularily relevent as Deming will be discussing the Hilton Head Island wreck aka the Sea Pines wreck to sport divers as there will be an opportunity to learn about State opportunities to dive local sites.

Upcoming events:

  • Sept. 17th-Speaker TBA 1 pm
  • Oct. 8th-ASSC/HH Partners w Beaufort District Collection at Beaufort County Library 311 Scott St to celebrate SC Archaeology Month
  • Oct. 19th-4th Annual What the Heck is IT? Artifact Identification Program -Beaufort District Collection upstairs at the Beaufort County Library on 311Scott St.
  • Nov. 19th-confirmation pending 1 pm
  • Dec. 10th-ASSC Christmas Social-location TBA

Friday, May 10, 2013

Digging and Diving into the Past: Celebrating 20 Years of Georgia Archaeology Awareness

Pre-registration ends May 12!

“Digging and Diving into the Past: Celebrating 20 Years of Georgia Archaeology Awareness”
A Special Event in Celebration of Georgia Archaeology Month

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame & Ocmulgee National Monument—Macon, Georgia

To learn about exciting archaeological discoveries across Georgia, the Society for Georgia Archaeology invites you to join us at our 2013 Spring Meeting scheduled for Saturday, May 18th at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame located at 301 Cherry Street in Macon, Georgia. The theme for Archaeology Month 2013 is Digging and Diving into the Past: Celebrating 20 Years of Georgia Archaeology Awareness. The SGA is proud to return to Macon to celebrate this important milestone. Pre-registration is available online here through Sunday, May 12th, or you may register on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. You may also register by mail by sending in a completed registration form, available here. The cost of the event is $5.00 for students, $10.00 for members, and $15.00 for non-members. You may also sign up and pre-pay for a box lunch (i.e., Subway sandwich, chips, cookie, and a drink), but please note that this option is only available through Sunday, May 12th to give us time to order lunches.

The meeting will begin with registration and check-in followed by a welcome announcement, then launch into presentations on “Research, Education, and Outreach at Georgia Archaeological Sites.” We will take a short break and then hear presentations on “Recent Investigations at Ocmulgee National Monument.” We will have a short business meeting, offer the SGA-Georgia Ports Authority presentation “Georgia Time Capsule,” and break for lunch. You must pre-pay if you would like a box lunch. We will reconvene at Ocmulgee National Monument, with a tour of the “Plateaus” by Dan Bigman beginning at 1:30 p.m. Then, attendees will be on their own to visit the newly renovated National Park Service museum or visit Dunlap Hill (with the Mississippian period Dunlap Mound and the Historic Dunlap House) to the north of the museum. Attendees are also invited to visit Fort Hawkins near the monument. A PDF of the schedule, with event times, for the SGA’s 2013 Spring meeting can be accessed by visiting here.

Throughout the month of May, organizations, museums, parks, and historic sites in communities across the state are sponsoring educational programs and events to promote public awareness of the existence and value of Georgia’s archaeological resources. This year marks the 20th year of SGA’s archaeology awareness promotion, which fosters better public awareness of archaeology and a sense of stewardship for our state’s archaeological sites. This year’s theme, Digging and Diving into the Past: Celebrating 20 Years of Georgia Archaeology Awareness, will reach thousands of Georgians through educational materials and events. With Georgia’s wide spectrum of archaeological sites—from Native American cultures dating as far back as 12,000 years to Civil War battlefields to 19th-century shipwrecks—there will be something for everyone to enjoy. To discover more about Georgia Archaeology Month, please visit SGA’s website at The Society for Georgia Archaeology is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes archaeological preservation, research, and public education.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

April 23: Karen Smith and Woodland Paddle Art at ASSC/HH

ASSC Hilton Head Chapter- presents

Karen Smith and Woodland Paddle Art

Tues. April 23rd- 1 pm

The Archaeology Society of SC/Hilton Head Chapter is pleased to have Karen Smith, Director of Applied Research of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, who will speak on Hilton Head Tuesday, April 23rd at Discovery House, Coastal Discovery Museum on Honey Horn Plantation starting at 1:00 PM. All ASSC/HH meetings are free and open to the public.

Smith will discuss Woodland era Paddle Art relevant to our area.

Karen Smith is a southeastern archaeologist with a background in Woodland period and plantation-era research and archaeological curation. Her interests also include the application of archaeological dating methods, the development of relational data structures and databases, and the execution of spatial sampling strategies and analysis, all of which have relevance across time and space. She worked in Monticello's Department of Archaeology, Charlottesville, Virginia for 9 years before coming to SCIAA. Karen holds a B.A. from the University of West Georgia (1996), an M.A. from the University of Alabama (1999), and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri (2009).

Upcoming events:

May 21 at 7 pm-confirmation pending

Sept. 17th-Speaker TBA

Oct. 8th-Meeting will be at Beaufort County Library on West St to celebrate SC Archaeology Month

Oct. 19th-4th Annual What the Heck is IT? Artifact Identification Program -Beaufort County Library on West St.

Nov. 19th-confirmation pending Dec. 10th-ASSC Christmas Social-location TBA

For further information, contact Dwayne Pickett at ASSC

Friday, October 19, 2012

JOIN US TOMORROW! Archaeology Field Day

The Archaeological Society of South Carolina

Fall Field Day 2012, Santee State Park, Santee, SC

The 25th Annual Fall Field Day will be held on TOMORROW, October 20, at Santee State Park. The Society is presenting a variety of activities for the benefit of members and the general public from 10:00am until 8:00pm. These activities include: lectures and exhibits by archaeologists working in South Carolina, archaeological excavations, a tour of the Santee Mound (1:00pm), first skills (Primitive Technologies) demonstrations, and artifact identification. The admission fee for the general public is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 12-18, Free under 12. ASSC members are admitted for free. An auction benefiting the society will be held at noon with a graduate student grant-in-aid raffle following at 4:30. A lantern tour stopping at several campfires from the past will be held from 6-8pm . A performance by the Edisto River Singers will occur between 5:30 and 8pm

Underwater Archaeology and The Civil War in South Carolina

Sport Diver Archaeology Management Program

Lecture (Hilton Head Island Wreck Project)

Diver Gear Demo and Shipwreck Mapping Station

Hobby Diver Tables (Joe Harvey & George Pledger)

Artifact Displays with focus on Civil War

Jim Spirek

Lecture (Navy Wrecks/Harbor Survey)

Chris Amer, Ted Gregg, Bob Butler

Lecture (CSS Pee Dee/Mars Bluff)

Johanna Rivera and Mike Scafuri (Hunley)

Lecture (Hunley)

Scott Harris

Remote Sensing on water

Primitive Skills

Flintknapping and stone tool use - Sean Taylor

Making fire the hard way - Fuz Sanderson

Throwing Spears with an Atl-Atl - Roger Lindsay

Catawba Pottery - Keith "Little Bear" Brown

Historic Reenactors

18th century trader and Indian - Jason Smith and Jason Melius

French and Indian War soldiers - Ashley Chapman


Pottery refitting, archaeology bingo, and more- SCAPOD

Pottery making for kids - Bobby Southerlin and Dawn Reid

Artifact Identification - Tommy Charles, Al Goodyear

Site Excavations - SC State Parks

Posters and Exhibits

The Johannes Kolb Site-T-Shirt sales

PAST (Piedmont Archaeological Studies Trust)

SC State Historic Preservation Office


Archaeological Consultants of the Carolinas

Brockington and Associates


ASSC publications

ASSC T-shirts

Auction Items donated so far include Suzanne Linder's book on the Great Pee Dee, A River in Time, a set of leather suitcases, a nice picnic basket, Jodi Barnes' book The Materiality of Freedom Archaeologies of Postemancipation Life, handmade pottery, a voucher for the SDAMP artifact Id workshop, and more.

Special Guests

The Edisto River Singers - Native American drummers and singers led by Chief Andy Spell

Santee State Park is located at 251 State Park RD in Santee, South Carolina 29142 and convenient to both I-95 and I-26. There is camping and lake side cabins at the park and plenty of hotels in Santee.

For more information about the park, call(803) 854-2408

This event is funded in part by grants from The Humanities Council SC and the Council of South Carolina Professional Archaeologists

Thursday, October 18, 2012

THIS SATURDAY! Archaeology Field Day!

 Keith "Little Bear" Brown will demonstrate Catawba pottery making and will have some for sale at Archaeology Field Day. He will tell Catawba stories as part of the lantern tour.

Archaeology Field Day
Saturday Oct 20th
Santee State Park

* Lectures on Maritime Civil War including the Hunley recovery and conservation.

* Participate in a real archaeological dig

*Artifact ID Roadshow



*Lantern tour

*Edisto River Singers performance

*tour of the Santee Indian Mound

*Earthskills-flintknapping, Atlatl, fire making, and much more.

The events will take place at:

Santee State Park
251 State Park RD
Santee, SC 29142
Phone: 803-854-2408
Fax: 803-854-4834

Driving Directions :

From I-95: Take exit 98 to Hwy 6 toward Elloree, the park is located 1 mi. W. of the town of Santee.

From Columbia: Take I-26 to Hwy 6, exit 136, travel through St. Matthews, continue on Hwy 6 for approximately 15 mile to Elloree and follow signs.

ALTERNATE ROUTE: Visitors coming from the Columbia area on HWY 6 or HWY 601 please note: The bridge on Cleveland Street from Elloree to Santee State Park is closed. Visitors are encouraged to continue on HWY 6 to State Park Road. For more information, please contact the park at (803) 854-2408.

Latitude: 33.5253294
Longitude: -80.5058925

To see a park map, click here.

Friday Campers: Go to Group Camping Area. on the linked map above

Saturday people ----AFD will be held at Picnic Shelters 3-6 on the linked map above

For more information, go to

Thursday, September 27, 2012

October 2: African American Civil War Lecture at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History

African American Civil War Lecture at The South Carolina Department of Archives and History

The South Carolina African American Heritage Commission is proud to announce that its Foundation has been awarded a $7,000.00 matching grant from The Humanities Council SC for the "African American Civil War Lecture Series". The goal of the lecture series is to enlighten the general public to the roles of African Americans during the American Civil War, moreover the series will provide opportunities for much needed dialogue about one of the most pivotal events in United States history. The series is timely and appropriate because through 2015 this nation will be commemorating the sesquicentennial of the war.

"The Civil War was the defining moment in American history," says Dr. Abel Bartley, Director of the Pan-African Studies Program at Clemson University. "It split the nation in two before and after slavery," he adds. "It is an event which continues to separate Americans," he concludes.

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC / These lectures will be held on Thursday, October 2, 2012 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.
* Dr. Veronica Gerald: "Grapevine: How African Americans Communicated During the Civil War"
* Ernest Parks: "The Battle of Sol Legare"
* Dr. Larry Watson: "Black Confederates"
* Jeannie Cyraique: "The Men at the Meeting with General Sherman

"With particular but not exclusive emphasis on the South Carolina experience, this multifaceted lecture series will delve deeply into the daunting issues that propelled the nation into an unprecedented fratricidal conflict, the myriad roles played by African Americans and the lasting implications for our time," says Dr. Bernard E. Powers, Jr., Professor of History and Associate Chairman at the College of Charleston. "Given the nature of the subjects, I expect many lively, frank and enlightening discussions to result ; it will be a welcome and needed educational opportunity," adds Dr. Powers.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Anyone needing additional information on the lectures should contact Joseph McGill, Commissioner for the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission and project coordinator. He can be reached at 843-408-7727.

The mission of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission is to identify and promote the preservation of historic sites, structures, buildings, and culture of the African American experience in South Carolina and to assist and enhance the efforts of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History. The 15-member commission includes representatives from all regions of the state.

This event is free and open to the public. The Penn Center is located on Martin L. King, Jr. Drive, St. Helena Island, SC.

For more information, contact the Penn Center at (843) 838-2474 or Joseph McGill at (843) 408-7727 or email:

Monday, August 27, 2012


Plans are underway for the 21st Annual South Carolina Archaeology Month 2012 celebration, which will be held October 1-31, 2012.  

The Board of the Archaeological Society of South Carolina will sponsor the 25th Annual Archaeology Field Day on October 20, 2012 at Santee State Park!

The Director of the Institute has once again made a commitment to provide coordination in the statewide programming, which will involve schools, museums, libraries, the archaeological and preservation community, and other public forums throughout the state of South Carolina.  Please send me any programs that you are offering throughout the fall, and into next year and dates and location of the ASSC Annual Conference and the SAAs.  Your involvement is encouraged and welcomed!
The theme for the South Carolina Archaeology Month Poster 2012 is “Civil War Shipwrecks in South Carolina.”  The design of the front will be on the SCIAA website soon.  The poster will be delivered to the printer before the end of August. Any program on maritime research in the state will be most welcome.  Ashley Deming has organized four lectures on Civil War/1812 shipwrecks every Wednesday in October at the Charleston County Public Library.

The budget is similar to the past several years.  We rely on private donations.  The SC Department of Archives and History has again committed to the funding of the printing of the poster through a Federal Planning Grant.  The listing of programs will be posted on the SCIAA website as soon as I have received them, and I hope that the SCIAA website can be linked to other participant sites.  These programs and events are welcome to be displayed on anyone’s website, which will help to get the word out.  I want to thank everyone who has supported these events and programs through the years.

The deadline for program submissions is August 31, 2012.  If you want to help with the planning of South Carolina Archaeology Month activities, please contact me at the SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, 
(803) 576-6573 Office, (803) 331-3431 Cell, or email me at

Thank you so much for your support, and I look forward to working with you again this year.

Sincerely yours,

Nena Powell Rice
2012 South Carolina Archaeology Month Coordinator
University of South Carolina
SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology
1321 Pendleton Street
Columbia, SC  29208
(803) 576-6573 Office(803) 331-3431