Waccamaw Chapter

Join the Waccamaw Chapter of the ASSC! (SEE "ATTACHMENTS" SECTION BELOW)

Chapter Bi-Monthly Meeting:

We meet bi-monthly on the second Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
The Waccamaw Chapter of the Archaeological Society of South Carolina invites you to join its members at a planning meeting on Tuesday, March 8 at 7 pm in room 102 of the Waccamaw Center for Higher Education off Wilbrook Rd in Litchfield.

We are scheduling workdays at local sites for members, and planning other excursions, workshops, and events. The next member workday is scheduled for Friday, March 11 on the slave street at The Oaks in Brookgreen Gardens.

Please contact chapter president Cheryl Ward (
cward@coastal.edu) for more information.

Chapter Bi-Monthly Excursion:

We had a great archaeology field day at Charles Towne Landing state park with the Waccamaw Chapter of the Archaeological Society of South Carolina. The Waccamaw Chapter was represented by five CCU students who participated in the field school (archaeologyatcoastalcarolina.wordpress.com), a community volunteer, and its president, and we helped children on scavenger hunts learn about tools used in archaeology and had a ‘touch and explore’ selection of unprovenienced prehistoric and historic artifacts on display. In addition, other chapters and organizations, as well as the Department of Natural Resources and SCIAA, had some terrific displays. Those of an inquiring nature could also visit the oldest tabby floor found in South Carolina currently under excavation by the state parks system or an early colonial garden and palisade among the other archaeological attractions in the handsome grounds.
Check back again soon for information about future excursions!

Upcoming Events:
SDAMP Artifact Identification Workshop:
Our workshop features a mixture of lectures and hands-on activities designed to help you identify some of the types of artifacts you collect from South Carolina waters. We hope to help you better understand and identify artifacts so that you can love your collection even more and report your finds more accurately to us. Historic and prehistoric ceramics, bottles, Native American stone tools, and much more will be covered. You will get the opportunity to work with real archaeological material. Please note that we will not be covering any paleontological material (fossils: i.e. shark teeth and bone). The details about the lecture are below:
SDAMP Artifact Identification Workshop
Date: March 19, 2011
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: Fort Johnson Marine Resource Center, Charleston, SC
Cost: $30 (make checks payable to USC)
There are only 8 places left for this workshop so sign up now! Email deming@sc.edu to reserve your spot. I will need cash, check, or money order by March 4, 2011 to put you on the official list.
Ashley M. Deming
Sport Diver Archaeology Management Program
Maritime Research Division
South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology
Phone: 843-762-6105

Coastal Carolina University's Archaeology Field Schools:
Next summer’s archaeology field school advertisements are beginning to circulate. Coastal Carolina University will be offering a four-week prehistoric field school (May), a five-week ethnoarchaeology field school (June-July), and a five-week maritime archaeology field school (July-August).

Edgefield Field School:
In Edgefield ,South Carolina, a historic archaeology focus will be offered by Dr. Christopher Fennell of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign May 23, 2011 to July 1, 2011. This six-week field school will provide training in the techniques of excavation, mapping, controlled surface surveys, artifact classification and contextual interpretation. Evening lectures by project staff, visiting archaeologists, and historians will focus on providing background on how field data are used to answer archaeological and historical research questions. For more information, visit  http://www.histarch.uiuc.edu/Edgefield/

Kolb Site Excavations and Public Day:
Chris Judge has shared some information about the excavation plans for the Kolb site this year, scheduled for 7-18 March. A public visitation day on 12 March is open to everyone, and participation opportunities are available as well. Contact him as soon as possible at judgec@mailbox.sc.edu for more information.

The Kolb site is a fascinating example of life on the PeeDee river system from prehistoric times through historic farming communities.

March 7-18th
Public Day is March 12th



DIRECTIONS TO SITE:  Located on Great Pee Dee Heritage Preserve, Mechanicsville, Darlington County South Carolina. DRIVE SLOW ON DIRT ROAD!!
GPS DEPENDENTS:  Latitude: 34.367  Longitude: -79.757 (takes you to Great Pee Dee Heritage Preserve, not site) once you enter gate at GPD Heritage preserve along access road, travel 3 miles along dirt road SLOWLY SLOWLY SLOWLY

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