Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Coastal Carolina's first archaeological field school

Coastal Carolina's first archaeological field school
By Dr. Cheryl Ward

Here at Coastal Carolina, we’re getting ready for our first archaeological field school as Dr. Carolyn Dillian has arrived from Princeton just in time to start shopping and planning for an archaeology extravaganza. The field school will be based at the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge, where we will be conducting survey and excavation work (and camping out) as well as traveling a bit to The Oaks at Brookgreen, other refuge properties, and some other sites that need attention. Historic and prehistoric time periods will be covered, and we’ll send out a link for you to follow along with us.

We will be starting right here in Conway, where a utilities excavation opened up part of the late 19th-century shipyards near the river. There are a few spots open for volunteers in good physical health who are interested in helping to screen heavy clay sediments and otherwise record artifacts from the pit spoil. If you’re interested and available on Tuesday 8-12, or 1-5, or Wednesday 8-12, contact me directly for more information at cward@coastal.edu.

A recent discovery at Charles Towne adds to the understanding of its chronology.

Please feel free to forward these notes, and encourage people who want to subscribe to visit http://www.coastal.edu/archaeology/mailinglist.html to do so.

Our next group meeting will be on Tuesday, July 13, at 7 pm, in the Waccamaw Center for Higher Education, and we will present the results of our field school work and outline plans for the rest of the year’s programs and field days.

Cheryl Ward
Director, Center for Archaeology and Anthropology
Associate Professor of History, Maritime Archaeologist
Coastal Carolina University
P.O. Box 261954
Conway, SC 29528 http://ww2.coastal.edu/cward/drward.php
cward@coastal.edu tel. 843.349.6657

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