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Black River Project

For the first two weeks in August of 2013, the Maritime Research Division (MRD) and a number of volunteers conducted an archaeological survey of Black Mingo Creek and two potential ferryboats at Brown’s Ferry Landing in Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties through a grant provided by the Archaeological Research Trust. The Project sought to answer some questions regarding known and unknown hisotrical sites in Black Mingo Creek and to record the two known vessels at a historic ferry landing. Research included oral and written reports from hobby divers, SCIAA staff recollections of past visitations and assessments as well as field notes, South Carolina State Site Filed, and oral histories of local residents.  The survey combined remote sensing and diving operations to locate targets using the help of volunteers from both the academic and sport diving communities.  The purpose of this project was to record historical sites in this area, but more importantly to use community involvement in an archaeological project.  The involvement included diving volunteers, academic partners, community members and groups, as well as museums.  An exhibit about this project is on display at the Georgetown County Museum in Georgetown, South Carolina.

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Related Information

2013. Deming, Ashley M. "The 2013 Black River Project." Legacy. Vol. 17, No. 2. November. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina. pp. 16-17.

2013. Deming, Ashley M. "2013 Black River Project." Quarterly Reporter. Vol. 4, Iss 3. October. Maritime Research Division. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina. pp. 7, 11.

2013. Sawyer, Catherine. "A Week on the Black River." Quarterly Reporter. Vol. 4, Iss 3. October. Maritime Research Division. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina. p. 8.