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.
For further information contact:
Mary Lou Brewton

2014 Archaeological Society of South Carolina 40th Anniversary
Annual Conference

The Archaeological Society of South Carolina invites submissions for the 40th anniversary of our annual conference to be held Saturday, 1 March 2014, on the campus of USC-Columbia. The practice of archaeology in South Carolina ranges from understanding early human occupation of North America to segregation during the mid-20th century, from urban living to seasonal migrations, encompassing a broad spectrum of humanity's past. We encourage submissions from all individuals involved in the exploration of this rich historical diversity of South Carolina's past through archaeology. Composed of professional, avocational, and student archaeologists, as well as interested non-archaeologists, the conference provides a friendly forum for sharing research and fostering conversations. To be a part of our 40th anniversary conference, please email your title and abstract (up to 300 words) to Jakob Crockett (jakob.crockett@gmail.com) by 15 February 2014. 


The Archaeological Society of South Carolina Presents Fall Field Day 2013

Each fall the ASSC sponsors a gathering of archaeologists, primitive skills demonstrators, story tellers, and others to show how people of the past coped with their daily lives. What was it like to live in a time without smart phones, cable TV, cars, or even a refrigerator? Imagine not being able to go to the grocery store to get food, and not being able to twist the tap to get water. Up until about a hundred years ago everyone who lived in what we now call South Carolina had to get everything they needed from the environment around them. Like nice clothes? Gather the material and make them your self! Want to eat? Go out and find some food. Tired? Make a shelter or get wet.

At Fall Field Day demonstrators Scott Jones and Sean Taylor will show how to make and use stone tools. The Edisto singers will drum and dance to traditional Native American music. Catawba potter Keith “Little Bear” Brown will show how to make pottery and tell traditional stories. Terry James will talk about the lives of African American share croppers in the late 19th century. Fuz Sanderson will show how to make fire without matches. Jason Smith will show how settlers lived in the 1760s. USC Professor Leland Ferguson will lead a tour of the Ft. Watson Indian Mound at 1pm. And there will be more.

This event will be held at Santee State Park from 9am til 4pm on September 21. We hope you can make it. ASSC members get in free. Others are asked to pay $5 for adults, and $3 for children and students, or a family rate of $10. Santee State Park is centrally located and convenient to both I-26 and I-95. Camp sites and lake front cabins are available, and there are plenty of motels in nearby Santee. See http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/santee/introduction.aspx for more information and maps.

The First 40 Years of SC Antiquities is now available on line. Click on SC Antiquities on the sidebar under Publications.

We will post newer issues with a five year delay as they become available.


The 2014 Festival will be held in Coligny Theatre, Hilton Head Island - the dates are yet to be determined. 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.