Friday, April 13, 2012

DON'T FORGET! TOMORROW! ASSC 2012 Annual Conference

Archaeology Society of South Carolina
Annual Conference

Focusing on the Underwater Archaeology of the
American Civil War in South Carolina

14 April 2012
8:30 – 5:40

14 APRIL 2012

9:00 – 9:10 WELCOME ASSC President Chris Judge
9:10 – 9:30 Updating the Allendale-Brier Creek Clovis Complex: Settlement Implications Albert Goodyear, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology
9:30 – 9:50 Presenting Archaeological Science to the Public: A Medley of
Geoarchaeological Research by the Savannah River Archaeological ResearchProgram
Christopher R. Moore & Mark J. Brooks, Savannah River Archaeological Research Project
9:50 – 10:10 A Brief Distributional Assessment of Metavolcanic Artifacts and Sources in the Long Cane District of the Sumter National Forest Bobby Southerlin, Archaeological Consultants of the Carolinas
10:10 – 10:30 Preliminary Analysis of Lithic Material Utilization in the Upper Coastal Plain of South Carolina. Robert C. Costello, USC Sumter and Kenneth E. Steffy, Independent Researcher

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee and Refreshment Break

10:45 – 11:05 “…unto Seynte Paules”: Anglican Architecture and Landscapes in South Carolina Kimberly Pyszka, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Anthropology*
11:05 – 11:25 Preliminary Results from analysis and excavations at the Fort Congaree Site James Stewart, University of South Carolina Anthropology*
11:25 – 11:45 Integrating GIS with Historical Archaeology to Evaluate Risk Perceptions on Plantations along the East Branch of the Cooper River, Berkeley County, South Carolina, 1780-1822 University of South Carolina Anthropology*
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 12:50 ASSC Annual Business Meeting and Awards

Edgefield Mini-Session
12:50 – 1:10 2011 Excavations at the John Landrum Kiln Site. Carl Steen, Diachronic Research Foundation
1:10 – 1:30 Roots of the Alkaline Glaze Stoneware Industry in South Carolina. George Calfas, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, Anthropology
1:30 – 1:50 Investigations into the Domestic loci of the Reverend Landrum Site
Brooke Kenline, University of South Carolina Anthropology*
1:50 – 2:10 Lifeways of Enslaved Workers of Hampton Plantation Stacey L. Young, Independent Researcher
2:10 – 2:30 An Archaeology of a Street Corner Jakob D. Crockett, Historic Columbia Foundation
2:30 – 2:50 The South Carolina Artifact Documentation Project Drew Ruddy, Independent Researcher


3:00 – 3:20 The Archeology of Civil War Naval Operations at Charleston Harbor, South Carolina, 1861-1865 James Spirek, Maritime Research Division South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology / University of South Carolina
3:20 – 3:40 Blockade Running During The Civil War Stephen R. Wise, Executive Director Parris Island Marine Corps Museum
3:40 – 4:00 Shipwrecks of South Carolina Christopher F. Amer, SC State Underwater Archaeologist South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology / University of South Carolina
4:00 – 4:20 Conserving waterlogged materials from the H.L. Hunley Johanna Rivera, Warren Lasch Conservation Center / Clemson University Restoration Institute (CURI)
4:20 – 4:40 Recent Developments in the Archaeological Investigation and 3D Documentation of the Civil War Submarine H.L. Hunley Michael P. Scafuri, Warren Lasch Conservation Center / Clemson University Restoration Institute
4:40 – 5:00 From Gunboat to Garbage Can : The Conservation of a Cannonball
Ashley M. Deming, Sport Diver Archaeology Management Program, and Mike Slot

5:00 – 5:30 The USS Monitor Project: Excavating, Conserving, and Interpreting the Famous Ironclad David Krop, USS Monitor Conservation Project Manager
5:30 – 5:40 Concluding Remarks – ASSC President Chris Judge

For Registration information, click here.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Note to ASSC Members From Christopher Judge

Greetings to the membership:

We are off to a good start with the ASSC for 2012. James Stewart has put together a stellar program for the Annual Conference to be held in Columbia at USC on April 14th and we are in negotiations with SCPRT to hold Fall Field Day at Santee State Park in the second half of October.

An issue that has come back up lately is the relationship between the chapters and the main organization of the ASSC. In recent years I have witnessed two trends in the chapters that are a bit of a cause for concern. First several chapters have waned or met their demise. That is rather disheartening to me and if anyone would like to provide input on how that happened, how to avoid it in the future or better still how to breathe life back into those chapters I would like to hear from you. The second and equally alarming trend is the distance that some chapters have grown seemingly away from our overall organization. The current board and officers of ASSC are both cognizant and concerned, as previous administrations have been, about the declining numbers of memberships over the years. We are very interested in reversing this trend and wish to grow the ASSC over the next two years.

I need to hear from the membership on these phenomena in order to steer the course of the ASSC in a direction of growth and unity. Please contact your chapter presidents or me to bring your ideas and opinions to the forefront. At the May 19th meeting of the ASSC, I urge each chapter to send its President or a representative to the meeting in Columbia. We will have a forum dedicated to listening to the wishes and desires of the chapters as the main item of business on the agenda that day.

Finally, a reminder, all of our ASSC Board meetings are open to the membership. Please attend these meetings and provide your input. I think it is rather important that the Chapter Presidents attend these meetings. Obviously it can be a long distance to travel and take up an entire Saturday but we have successfully used Skype to bring board members and officers into the meeting across cyberspace.

I look forward to serving the ASSC as president and along with you striving to meet the goals of this organization as we approach our 50th year.

Christopher Judge

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


H.L. Hunley and the USS Monitor.

For the first time ever in Columbia, the public is invited to hear underwater archaeologists talk about the two most important Civil War era maritime archaeology endeavors--- the H.L. Hunley and USS Monitor projects.

As part of the Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology, a special session for all ages has been designed for the non-professional public audience on Saturday afternoon April 14, 2012 in the Belk Auditorium in the Darla Moore Business Administration building at USC Columbia.

The Confederate H.L. Hunley attacked the blockade ship the USS Housatonic on February 17, 1864 near Charleston Harbor and was recovered as the world watched live on TV in August of 2000. The USS Monitor was the first ironclad warship commissioned by the United States Navy during the American Civil War and on March 9, 1862, participated in first-ever battle fought between two ironclads. The Monitor fought the former frigate the USS Merrimack. The USS Monitor was recovered by underwater archaeologists in August of 2002 near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

Since the archaeological recovery of both vessels, fascinating and cutting edge research has shed light on these events and those involved. Those arriving at 3 pm for the Maritime Archaeology session will only pay the special price of $5.00 (half the price of conference admission) to hear seven lectures including three on these unique Civil War iron made vessels. More information can be found at here.

Monday, April 9, 2012

April 17 - Learn about the SC sport diver program at the ASSC Hilton Head Chapter meeting

ASSC Hilton Head Chapter-April 17th 7 PM

Hilton Head, SC: The Archaeological Society of South Carolina, Hilton Head Chapter will host their next meeting at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, April 17th at 7 PM. SCIAA's Ashley Deming will be speak on the SC sport diver program.

Ashley Deming manages the Sport Diver Archaeology Management Program. 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 went on to obtain 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 talk will be expecially pertient since this year's Archaeology Month in October will feature underwater archaeology in the State.
Upcoming Events:
  • April 14th ASSC Annual Conference, University of SC, Columbia, SC registration on line or at 8:30 am at Belk Auditorium, Close/Hipp Building, USC campus.
  • May 5, 9 am field trip to the Savannah Railroad Museum car pooling from Coastal discovery Museum at Historic Honey Horn
  • May 17th, 7 PM meeting, Dr. Chester DePratter- Charlesfort and 450th Anniversary of the Landing of Jean Ribaut
  • May 25th-- 1:30 pm 450th Anniversary of Jean Ribaut Landing Ceremony at Charlesfort (Parris Island, SC)