Welcome to the Archaeological Society of South Carolina, Inc. (ASSC)

The Archaeological Society of South Carolina has been in operation since 1968. Our goal is to share information about South Carolina's archaeological heritage. We do this through our
annual conference, which is held in the Spring, a Fall Field Day event, a quarterly newsletter, and via the internet with this web site, a blog, and a Facebook page.

New ASSC Chapter Organizing in Beaufort

The Archaeology Society of South Carolina Beaufort continues its organization path.  Because there are many people north of the Broad River who are interested in archaeology, there will be a meeting, Monday, March 24th.  The meeting will be held in the Children's Programming Room at on the 1st floor of the Beaufort County Library, Scott St. at noon. 
Guest speaker will be Dr. Eric Poplin, Senior Archaeologist of Brockington and Assc., SC.  His talk will include information about the Altamaha town, located in Beaufort County.
Dr. Eric Poplin (Ph.D., University of Calgary, RPA) has extensive experience with cultural resource management studies in the Southeast. He is well versed in studies of both the prehistoric and historic periods, and has completed a large number of cultural resource projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (including Savannah, New Orleans, Mobile, Jacksonville, Norfolk, and Wilmington Districts), S.C. Department of Transportation, and many federal, state, and local agencies in the Southeast. Dr. Poplin has also worked extensively with private development firms required to identify cultural resources during application of state or federal permits.
Recent projects have involved data recovery excavations at the 1710s-1920s Combahee Ferry site in Beaufort/Colleton Counties (South Carolina), the 1790s-1850s Barnett Plantation on Royal Island (The Bahamas), the 1750s-1860s Anson Barony/Baynard Plantation House and portions of the 1920s Wilson Mansion and Settlement at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton (South Carolina), a Late Mississippian/Contact era hamlet/farmstead on Daniel Island in Charleston (South Carolina), and a stratified Late Archaic/Early Woodland site near Fish Dam Ford on the Broad River on the South Carolina Piedmont. Dr. Poplin serves as a company Vice President in our Charleston office.
The tentative plans for the ASSC/Beaufort Chapter include 4 quarterly meetings in a public venue. There will opportunities for field trips and participation in regional archaeological digs.  There are many opportunities to become involved.
Meetings will be free and open to the public; however, membership in ASSC/Beaufort is encouraged.
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The 2015 Festival will be held in Coligny Theatre, Hilton Head Island Thursday through Saturday, October 22nd - 24th. The Festival will showcase three tracks: Cultural Heritage, Archaeology and South Carolina History. 

    The film festival will be an annual event and is one of two archaeological film festivals being held in the United States.